First popularized as a houseplant in Taiwan during the 1980s, money trees are prominent among those who practice feng shui and are believed to create positive “chi,” or energy, in the home.
The braided trunk is said to trap fortune within its folds. The five leaves typically found on a stalk are said to represent the five elements of balance: earth, fire, water, wind, and metal. Finding a stalk with seven leaves is incredibly rare and believed to bring immense luck to the owner.
The money tree is also highly rated as an air purifier for your home. A famous NASA study of indoor plants on air quality lists Pachira aquatica as one of the most effective filters of harmful pollutants.