Top 10 Indoor Trees

CoffeeCoffea arabica is a surprisingly easy and striking indoor tree. They have a reputation for being finicky but once you get a handle on the proper conditions for them, the shiny, dark green foliage and tiny white flowers of the coffee tree make a gorgeous addition to the indoor garden.

Rubber tree — Ficus elastica is a common, easy-care indoor tree. Though you often find them sold as smaller plants, they can get pretty large with proper care and make a great addition to a brightly lit room.

Schefflera arboricolaCommonly called the dwarf umbrella tree, these hardy plants can still get pretty big. They like bright light so they’re good plants for sunny rooms, and they can tolerate a little bit of neglect if you’re the sort of person who occasionally forgets to water the plants!

Norfolk Island pine Once you’ve wiped the glitter off that Norfolk Island pine you bought during the holidays, find it a place in your home with bright indirect light and plenty of humidity — Norfolk pines grow into graceful, impressive indoor trees.

Kentia palm — If lush and tropical is the vibe you’re going for, try a Kentia palm. They’re easily the most tolerant and adaptable of the palms we commonly bring into our homes. These impressive plants are slow growers, though, so if you want a really big one without waiting you’ll have to splash out on a full-sized plant from the nursery.

Dracaena spp. — There are a handful of different types of these that you see in houses, from the ever classic corn plant to the lucky bamboo. All of them like a well draining soil, can tolerate lower light, will scorch in direct light, and do not like soggy roots. Most of the older trees that you see in homes take on a whimsical Dr Seuss-esque look to them that we love!

Ficus benjamina — Also referred to as a Ficus tree and a weeping Ficus. This classic has been a very popular tree to see in homes and offices for decades. A relatively low fuss tree with pretty little light green leaves that can come in a variegated form.

Citrus — For as far back as the 1660s wealthy European estates had orangeries so that they could grow citrus trees year round. Thankfully we don’t need to have anything fancier than a nice bright window, a deep pot, a well draining potting mix, some good fertilizer, and chelated iron. It may take years for a citrus to flower, but until then you still have a beautiful tree to brighten up your house.

Weeping Pussy Willow — Salix Caprea ‘Kilmarnockwas not usually grown as a house plant until recently, since they need a winter dormancy period. To do this you will need to place them somewhere cold, like a garage or a shed, and give them water sparingly. If you’re willing to give them that then they will reward you with beautiful little fluffy silvery “catkins” come spring.

Pachira aquatica — This tree with braided trunks is one of the numerous house plants that commonly gets called a money tree. A nice window with indirect sunlight, a thorough watering whenever the soil dries out, a well draining potting mix, and a bit of humidity will keep your Pachira very happy.

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