How To Choose The Best Indoor Trees For Your Home

If there’s one thing you add to your home that isn’t standard furniture, make it a plant. Plants have so many benefits and you can find one that fits within any budget. But unless you’re a biologist, you probably need a little help choosing one.

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While most people opt for small plants, you shouldn’t shy away from adding a tree to your home. Trees don’t have to be as tall as your house, as there are plenty of trees that are perfect for any room. Take a look at some of the best indoor trees money can buy! 

Fishtail Palm

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The Fishtail Palm is a wonderful tree for just about any climate. Palms are known for their resiliency in warm weather as well as both humid and hot weather. It may not look like your average palm, but the gist is the same.

Origins: Found in Southeast Asia, China, and India, the Fishtail Palm grows in rainforests of varying altitudes. 

Shape and Size: Gets its name from the “fishtail” shape of its leaves. It can grow up to twenty-five feet, so  be careful with smaller rooms. 

Ideal For: Large, humid rooms with bright, indirect light.

Temperature: 60-80 F.

Soil: Moist, yet well-drained soil with peat.

Water: Multiple times a day, just watch for yellow leaves. 

Light: A lot of light! Though indirect is better than direct.

Other Care Tips: We all know that trees need three things, which are soil, water, and light. But most trees have specific needs that aren’t blanketed. For the Fishtail Palm, you will probably want to avoid dry rooms that are cooler as these palms prefer rainforests. Get a humidifier if you live in a dry climate. 

African Candelabra

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The African Candelabra isn’t actually a tree, but it looks enough like one that people are using it in place of harder to maintain trees. It is similar to a cactus in care and in looks but is more exotic in many ways. 

Origins: Despite its name, the African Candelabra is native to the Middle Eastern countries of Yemen and Saudi Arabia. 

Shape: Long, wavy, and cactus-like, this plant can be anywhere from five feet to thirty feet when full-grown. You can leave it inside until it outgrows its room and then you can take it outside to live out the remainder of its life. 

Ideal For: Dry climates with a lot of heat. 

Temperature: 70-100 F. in summer, and down to 55 F. in the winter. 

Soil: Little to no fertilization. Once a month in the summer, but in small doses. 

Water: Once every two weeks in the summer, and once a month the rest of the year. 

Light: Direct sunlight.

Other Care Tips: If you notice rough spots on your plant, they are known as “scars” and are the result of sunlight that is too harsh. If this happens, filter the light or move the plant to a different position. 

Corn Tree

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The Corn Tree doesn’t technically have corn, but it does look like a corn stalk and has bright colors, sometimes almost yellow. The simplicity of the trunk is alluring and is often used as a statement piece. 

Origins: The Corn Tree is native to tropical Africa. 

Shape: Long, thick trunk, sprouting leaves. They can grow up to 50 F. tall in the right environment. 

Ideal For: Warm climates without harsh winters or summers. 

Temperature: 60-75 F.

Soil: Rich, moist, well-drained. 

Water: Keep moist but not soggy.

Light: Indirect, shaded sunlight. 

Other Care Tips: Keep yellowed leaves pruned and don’t let the tree outgrow its space. If it starts getting too tall, you can prune the top of the tree as well without harming it. Just make sure you learn all you can about the tree to keep it safe.

Norfolk Island Pine

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If you want an indoor evergreen or coniferous-looking tree, but don’t think that it’s possible, think again. The Norfolk Island Pine is one of the few trees of its kind that can be grown indoors without any problems. 

Origins: Endemic only to Norfolk Island.

Shape: Like a full Charlie Brown Christmas tree that can reach up to 100ft. However, they grow less than two feet each year. 

Ideal For: Humid areas that don’t get below freezing. 

Temperature: 40 F. and above. 

Soil: Water-soluble fertilizer in spring and summer. 

Water: Water when the topsoil feels dry.

Light: Direct sunlight.

Other Care Tips: Never confuse your Norfolk Pine for a true pine or cedar tree. Unlike those threes, this smaller green tree cannot tolerate cold temperatures or dry climates. Treat it more like a palm tree. 

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Citrus Tree

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There’s no plant quite as special as a fruit-bearing plant. You could literally live off of a citrus tree, so why not keep it around? You can grow lemons, clementines, limes, and more. Choose your favorite and get started. 

Origins: Asia and Oceania. 

Shape: Citrus trees can grow up to thirty feet, but some types of citrus trees grow best when they are pruned to stay under ten.

Ideal For: Most homes are made for citrus trees! 

Temperature: They thrive above 50 F. but can survive in any weather that isn’t below freezing. 

Soil: Acidic soil with peat.

Water: Not extremely picky, just water regularly and don’t let water set. 

Light: Both sunlight and LED lights work for citrus trees.

Other Care Tips: Citrus trees will do better if you let them have fresh air every once in a while. Set them outside when you can or open a window in the room they live in.

Olive Tree

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Olive trees are becoming more popular as the Mediterranean decor becomes more popular. The carefree, minimalistic life is becoming common and so are olive trees. I mean, who doesn’t want fresh olives every day?

Origins: Mediterranean areas, one of the oldest fruit-bearing trees. 

Shape: Thin, tall, and sleek. Less than thirty feet. 

Ideal For: Warm rooms with lots of light. 

Temperature: Surprisingly hearty, olive trees can survive cold temperatures but not for extended periods of time. 

Soil: Well-drained soil, perhaps a cactus mix. 

Water: Simply enough, water the soil when it’s dry. 

Light: Natural light. 

Other Care Tips: If you want fruit from your olive tree and it’s not just for decoration, you’ll want to cross-pollinate. Educate yourself beforehand so you know what you’re getting yourself into. 

Rubber Plant

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Despite the name, the Rubber Plant is live, and not made of rubber. It gets its name due to the thickness and sleekness of its leaves. It’s a member of the fig genus, which is why the Rubber Plant is sometimes called the Rubber Fig.

Origins: Southeast Asia.

Shape: Wiry and thin, reaching up to ten feet tall.

Ideal For: Any home.

Temperature:  Most room temperatures. 

Soil: Aerated soil. 

Water: Don’t let the soil feel dry.

Light: Bright, indirect light.

Other Care Tips: If you want to keep them smaller, keep them in a small pot and they won’t outgrow it! 

Parlor Palm

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Parlor Palms are another fun tree that reminds one of a tropical forest. They are one of the most popular indoor palms in America and are now shared with countries all over the world. 

Origins: Central America. 

Shape: Like a baby palm tree with delicate leaves. They rarely reach eight feet in height. 

Ideal For: Warm homes though humidity doesn’t matter. 

Temperature: Ideally, 60-80 F. You can usually go by how you feel. 

Soil: Almost any potting mix will work.

Water: Avoid overwatering, it won’t hurt it to dry out a bit. 

Light: Almost any type of light will work.

Other Care Tips: If you leave a Parlor Palm under a vent, it may not do too well. They prefer rather still areas when it is cooler. 

Dragon Tree

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Who doesn’t want a tree called a Dragon Tree in their house? The name itself is enough to make you look into it, but you need to know a few things before you decide if it is right for you.

Origins: Canary Islands, Cape Verde, Madeira, and Morocco.

Shape: Tall, spiky, and fun. Up to six feet tall.

Ideal For: Dryer homes at average temperatures. 

Temperature: 70-80 F. ideally.

Soil: Loamy and very well-drained. 

Water: They prefer underwatering to overwatering, so keep it slightly dry. 

Light: Indirect, medium to low light. 

Other Care Tips: If the Dragon Tree leaves begin to fall, don’t panic. This is completely normal. To keep things sleek, you can remove any dead leaves once or twice a week. 

Fiddle Leaf Fig

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The Fiddle Leaf Fig isn’t the easiest plant to take care of, but those who have them, usually end up with more than one. The name itself is enough to pique one’s interest, just like with the Dragon Tree. 

Origins: West Africa.

Shape: Large leaves, small trunks, and can grow up to fifty feet if not taken care of.

Ideal For: Homes without pets. 

Temperature:  Quite picky, preferring 65-75 F.

Soil: Nutrient-rich. 

Water: Water gauges are ideal, but if you don’t get one, water it about once a week.

Light: Indirect or direct natural sunlight. 

Other Care Tips: Though previously mentioned, it’s important to note again that this tree isn’t for homes with pets or small children. The leaves are poisonous to ingest and should be handled with caution. 

New Zealand Laurel

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As expected, the New Zealand Laurel is endemic only to New Zealand. It’s often called the Karaka Tree, named after the color orange in Maori, which is the color of the tree’s fruit. 

Origins:  New Zeland

Shape: Tall, thin trunks, and sparing leaves. Can grow up to thirty feet.

Ideal For: Homes without kids or pets.

Temperature: 70-95 F.

Soil: Well-draining

Water: Keep it moist, but don’t let it set in water.

Light: Indirect light.

Other Care Tips: The fruit of the New Zealand Laurel is highly toxic, so it’s recommended to pick and dispose of them with care. 

Money Tree

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The Money Tree really does get its name from the belief that it will bring you good look and prosperity. So if you believe in signs, spirituality, and serendipity, then the money tree may interest you.

Origins: Central America

Shape: Tall, bright leaves. Eight feet tall indoors, sixty feet in the wild. 

Ideal For: Laidback homes. 

Temperature: 65-80 F.

Soil: Sandy soil.

Water: Resilient when you forget to water, just try not to let it get too dry.

Light: Low light or indirect light. 

Other Care Tips: As long as its basic needs are met, the Money Tree will do well, just don’t stress about it. 

Bird Of Paradise

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Birds of Paradise are both flowers and trees. The flowers come from the trees but don’t usually grow indoors. However, if you know what you’re doing, you just may be able to make the magic happen.

Origins: South Africa

Shape: Tall, thin, can grow bright flowers. Usually only reaches six feet tall. 

Ideal For: As long as the lighting is good, any home. 

Temperature: 65-80 F.

Soil: Well-draining fertilizer. 

Water: Water regularly but don’t let it set in water.

Light: Direct sunlight is ideal. 

Other Care Tips: Although it doesn’t need to set in water, it can be misted every day if you want it to thrive. The mist mimics morning dew.