Malabar Chestnut, Wild Chestnut
Pachira insignis

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

Category:

Edible Fruits and Nuts

Trees

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

This plant is suitable for growing indoors

Height:

over 40 ft. (12 m)

Spacing:

Unknown - Tell us

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Unknown - Tell us

Foliage:

Evergreen

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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

Regional

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

Merritt Island, Florida (4 reports)

West Palm Beach, Florida

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

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

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.