Top 10 Indoor Trees that Spruce Up Any Space

Grow some drama! Easy-care tropical indoor trees add leafy elegance to every room.

1. Alli Ficus

Prized for its long, slender green leaves that gracefully dangle from the branches, ‘Alli’ ficus, makes an outstanding indoor tree. It’s a great choice for your living room, bedroom, or office. Indoors, this almost flawless tree can grow 6-8 feet tall. Because it’s a tropical native, ‘Alli’ is happier when watered with lukewarm water.

2. Money Tree

Called money tree because it is reputed to bring good luck, Pachira aquatica, has a slender trunk that often comes braided. Over time, the trunk thickens and becomes more interesting and textural. The shiny, hand-shape leaves add a tropical feel to any decor. This easy-care tree does well in bright to medium light. Money trees prefer slightly moist soil.

3. Weeping Fig

The graceful, slightly arching boughs of weeping fig, Ficus benjamina, are what make this gorgeous indoor tree so popular. These beautiful plants also sport bright green, teardrop-shape leaves and smooth, charcoal gray bark. Weeping fig prefers bright, indirect light and barely moist soil. It’s also available with a braided trunk.

4. Ponytail Palm

Need an indoor tree that doesn’t make you feel guilty when you go on vacation? Ponytail palm, Beaucarnea recurvata, might be just the ticket. That’s because this easy-care plant stores moisture in its bulbous base so it can go weeks without being watered. The plant is also prized for its cascading, straplike leaves that never seem to wilt even under tough conditions.

5. Rubber Tree

With large, gorgeous green, bronze, or variegated leaves, rubber trees will make a bold statement in any room of your house. These beauties are super easy to grow and seem to thrive on neglect. Rubber trees, Ficus elastica, can eventually grow 6-8 feet tall if given bright indirect light and regular watering. Over time they might become a bit leggy and require some minor pruning to encourage bushier growth.

6. Madagascar Dragon Tree

Here’s an indoor tree that matches any decor. Madagascar dragon tree, Dracaena marginata, produces dramatic grassy green leaves with red or pink margins. The plants come in a wide variety of forms including single stem, double braid, triple braid, and clump. The plants are relatively carefree and only need a drink when the surface of the soil dries out. Madagascar dragon tree can grow 4-6 feet tall.

7. Fiddleleaf Fig

Add drama and interest to your home with the big, bold leaves of fiddleleaf fig, Ficus lyrata. This impressive tree can grow 10 feet tall indoors and produces masses of gigantic, violin-shape, dark-green, waxy leaves. Fiddleleaf fig is a snap to grow, too. It's not fussy about light and only needs to be watered when the soil feels dry to the touch.

8. Kentia Palm

The gold standard for indoor palms, kentia, Howea forsteriana, is a snap to grow and very tolerant of a wide range of indoor conditions. You’ll love its broad, dark-green fronds that will add elegance to any room in your home. Plus, kentia grows slowly so it won’t need pruning or repotting and it will live longer than other species.

9. Yucca Cane

Hot, dry conditions are just right for yucca cane. A desert native, yucca cane is the perfect houseplant for forgetful owners. This handsome plant sports bright green, sword-shape leaves on thick woody trunks that form a 4 to 8-foot-tall tree. Yucca cane prefers bright light and a quick drink whenever the surface of the soil dries out. Fertilize once or twice a year to keep your plant in top form.

10. Schefflera

Commonly called umbrella plant, schefflera is a tropical shrub that’s easily trimmed into a tree shape. A no-work plant, schefflera prefers bright light and even tolerates a tiny bit of direct sun. It develops handsome, bright green or variegated hand-shape foliage on graceful, upright branches. Available in standard and dwarf forms, schefflera can fit in any size of room.

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