Photo by Melody

PlantFiles: Malabar Chestnut, Wild Chestnut
Pachira insignis

Family: Bombacaceae
Genus: Pachira (pak-EYE-ruh) (Info)
Species: insignis (in-SIG-nis) (Info)

3 members have or want this plant for trade.

Edible Fruits and Nuts
Tropicals and Tender Perennials

over 40 ft. (12 m)

Unknown - Tell us

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Unknown - Tell us


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
By air layering

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us


2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Dizzygizmo On Feb 5, 2013, Dizzygizmo from Merritt Island, FL wrote:

Malabar Chestnut = Guiana Chestnut Tree.
This is the one with football size seed pod =Pachira aquatica.

The one you are thinking is Wild Chestnut=Money Tree = Pachira Insignis.

Big difference!!!

Positive sockeye On Feb 17, 2004, sockeye wrote:

I am very pleased to find out the name of the tree growing in our yard. Just purchased a house approx. 15 miles from Hilo Hawaii and have been wondering about this tree. I have seen one blossom early one morning and two hours later it was on the ground. I have collected the nuts from three pods after they fell to the ground, and now have thirty seedlings growing in pots. They took from 3 to 6 days to sprout. We average 180 inches of rain a year here and our parent tree is about 12 feet tall and 10 feet in diameter. I do not know the age of it but everything grows in shallow rocky soil here.
Thanks everyone for your excellent pictures.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Merritt Island, Florida (4 reports)
West Palm Beach, Florida

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