JOHOR BARU: Five people have so far forked out RM8,888 each for three-metre tall tangerine trees imported from China.
The trees are being sold at Katsura Landscape and its shop manager, who only wanted to be known as Wong, justified the price as the trees are very special.
“The tangerine trees available in the market are smaller in size. These trees are exclusive only to our shop.
“Moreover, the number eight is an auspicious number – that is why the trees are priced at RM8,888.
“Those who cannot afford to spend so much can buy tangerine plants priced at RM1,688 and RM198,” she added.
Tangerines or ju zi, has the same sound as “luck” in Chinese and the fruits are a staple during Chinese New Year.
Tangerines are believed to bring good luck to those who display the plants in their homes.
“The bright-coloured fruits are beautiful to look at as well,” said Wong at the shop located in Taman Daya here.
She added the plants can last up to a year with sufficient water despite Malaysia’s hot weather.
However, she cautioned customers not to consume the fruit as the plant has been sprayed with pesticide.
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