Always thought this was a Money Tree-but I’m still broke

I purchased this many years ago and I think I it had a tag saying it was a money tree and although similar (and my trunk is not braided) it doesn’t appear that it is a Pachira. Besides-if it was a true money tree, I should be rich-this thing is thriving! Likes to be root bound, lives in a bright window in a temperate room. Cold window doesn’t seem to effect it. Leaves are waxy.


Hi Nunya,

Learn how to grow, care for, and identify a ZZ plant at

Your picture is a little dark, but I’m pretty sure it’s a ZZ Plant, Zamioculcas zamiifolia, like the picture above.

ZZ houseplants have long stems covered in hundreds of round, plump, shiny green leaves (or leaflets as they are called). They do well in low light or bright indirect light. Since a Zamioculcas zamiifolia is a slow growing plant even in good light, in low light a ZZ Plant rarely produces new leaves. Direct sun burns the leaves. Over-watering is the only way to kill a  ZZ houseplant. They don’t like wet feet so allow the soil to thoroughly dry out before watering. ZZ Plants have thick roots called rhizomes that store water so when in doubt, do not water. Unlike most plants, Zamioculcas are very forgiving, allowing you to over-water a few times before showing signs of serious damage. Yellow leaves are an indication that the plant has been over-watered.

You can read all of my care tips for a ZZ Plant in the Popular Houseplant section of the website.

These plants are considered poisonous and should be kept away from pets and children. You can read more about common houseplants that are poisonous in Don’t Feed Me To Your Cat! A Guide to Poisonous Houseplants.