17 Best Indoor Trees

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Are you tired of your home or apartment looking drab?  Well one thing you can do to bring life to your space is to incorporate trees that you can grow indoors.  I am going to give you the 17 best indoor trees you can grow right in your living room.  Best practice is to buy a young tree so they are able to get acclimated to your home’s conditions; as well as, having an area that has taller ceilings to house it comfortably and enough natural light to make it feel like home.  With that said, let’s get started:

  1. Bird of Paradise (Caesalpinia) – Indoors, these trees can grow to 6 feet tall. They need bright sunlight and high humidity.
  2. Dragon Tree (Dracaena marginata) – Indoors, these trees can grow to 10 feet tall.  They need medium to bright indirect sunlight. Beware, it will drop leaves if it doesn’t receive enough sunlight.
  3. Norfolk Island Pine (Araucaria heterophylla) – These trees somewhat resemble a Christmas tree but has much softer, delicate needles. Needs full sun and acidic soil.
  4. Fishtail Palm (Caryota) – This tree features lush, jagged edge leaves and can create a tropical vibe. It needs abundant bright light and lots of water.
  5. European Olive (Olea europea) – These trees need to be moved outside eventually or regularly during the summer months.  They can be happy indoors, but for short periods of time.  These trees require good drainage and ample direct sun.
  6. Triangle Ficus (Ficus triangularis) -This tree has highly unique triangular leaf and open, airy growth habit. Needs bright light and some humidity.
  7. Corn Plant (Dracaena fragrans) -a perfectly delightful, palm-like silhouette and yellow-green striped leaves. Needs filtered sunlight and little else.
  8. Parlor Palm (Chamaedora elegans) – The original indoor palm tree, this tree has palm-like leaves sprout out in abundance around a center stalk, and they can grow quite tall even indoors. Needs low light and plenty of moisture.
  9. Umbrella Tree (Schefflera amata) – This plant is a larger leaf version of the classic “umbrella” plant and is easy to care for and the ‘Soliel’ cultivar has neon/chartreuse foliage. Needs medium light and standard watering.
  10. Yucca (Yucca elephantipes) –  Add a distinct desert flair to any room with these spiky-topped plants.  Also great for air-filtration. They need partial-sunlight and not too much water (they’re drought-tolerant!).
  11. Fiddle Leaf Fig (Ficus lyrata) – The tree that most people want to have; but beware, they are not the easiest plants to keep alive. This fig needs bright, indirect sun and “a very consistent environment” (so don’t move it around or those leaves will drop!).
  12. African Candelabra (Euphorbia ammak) – This plant isn’t really a tree, but a succulent. It can grow to 20 feet tall and need full to part sun and good drainage.
  13.  Tree Fern – tree ferns are native to Australia and New Zealand and are absolutely incredible.  They grow really tall in nature but not as tall in your home. They have large feathery fern fronds atop a furry/woody ‘trunk’.  They need bright light, plenty of water (don’t let it dry out), and high humidity.
  14. Rubber Tree (Ficus elastica) – These are often found in small form, but you can get them in tree form.  They have glossy leaves and can grow to 3 to 6 feet tall.  They need bright, indirect light and some coddling (wipe the leaves clean when they get dusty!).
  15. Rhapis Palm (Rhapis excelsa) – Native to Southern China and Taiwan, these elegant plants have finger-like leaves on fanned branches. Need indirect sunlight, as by an east-facing window.
  16. Natal Mahogany (Trichilia emetica) –  This low-light tolerant tree is full of personality and volume.  It has big and bushy dark green leaves that can fill a void. This plant needs medium light and water at least once a week. Most of the indoor trees on this list will survive if you skip a week of watering, but not the Natal mahogany. It will not recover if the soil dries out.
  17. Split Leaf (Monstera deliciosa) – This tropical plant can grow to nine feet tall. This plant needs bright light, and 11 inches on either side of the plant so the glossy leaves have room to grow outward. Water weekly.