Guide to the Best Indoor Trees of 2020 - Backyard Boss
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Guide to the Best Indoor Trees of 2020

Out of all the indoor greenery you could have, trees are the most stunning. They range in size from small to large and come in many different forms. Whether you want something lush and bushy or sparse and thin, you can find a tree that meets your needs. If you’re not sure which tree is the best for you, take a look it some of the best indoor trees. With the right choice, you’ll add beauty and style to your home.

Fiddle Leaf Fig (Ficus lyrata)

If you’re trying to keep your home’s decor trendy, you should consider getting a fiddle leaf fig. It’s a plant you’ve probably seen before, as it’s prevalent on Instagram and in magazines. With wide and textured leaves, this plant makes a statement. To care for this plant, store it in indirect light. When the soil dries out, water it until the water drains from the bottom.

    Live Potted Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree

    This tree is one of the most common for home use. It's popular in magazines, on social media, and in other venues.

Rubber Plant (Ficus elastica)

Like the fiddle leaf fig, this plant is a type of ficus. It’s a tall tree that has a refined appearance. Because it’s available in multiple forms, you can find a rubber plant that matches your decor. Keeping this tree alive involves giving it bright, but indirect light. You should water it once a week, and avoid overwatering it.

    Rubber Plant

    A refined plant, this type of ficus tree comes in several varieties.

Calamondin Orange Tree (Citrus mitis)

Your indoor plants can do more than just add style to your room. The calamondin orange tree is a dwarf fruit tree, so it will fit in your home. It makes tiny sour fruits. In addition to enjoying the fruit, you can also benefit from the sweet-smelling flowers. To care for this tree, make sure it has direct sunlight for several hours each day. You should water it frequently, keeping the soil moist at all times. Prune your tree to keep it from growing too far in one direction.

    Calamondin Orange Tree

    This tree bears fruit that has a unique taste to it, but it also has a stylish appearance.

Parlor Palm (Chamaedorea elegans)

Aptly named, the parlor palm looks great in a parlor or living room. Unlike some other trees, this one is not toxic to your pets. It’s also capable of living in dark rooms. Typically, this tree does well in low-light environments. It only needs occasional watering. For these reasons, it’s one of the most low maintenance of the best indoor trees.

    Parlor Palm

    A non-toxic plant, the parlor palm does well in homes with limited light.

Dumb Cane (Dieffenbachia)

One of the fastest growing indoor plants, the dumb cane can grow as tall as five feet. It has large leaves that are lush and vibrant. For this plant to grow at a rapid rate, it needs partial shade. Keep the soil moist at all times, but don’t let it get too wet. As an added benefit, you can easily propagate this plant by taking a cutting.

    Dumb Cane

    A fast grower, this tree could reach about five feet tall. Its lush leaves brighten up any space.

Weeping Fig (Ficus benjamina)

Although the weeping fig is a common house plant, it’s still one you should consider having in your home. It’s hard to find trees that are tolerant of low light conditions, but this one is. If you don’t have a green thumb, you can still care for this beauty. The tree needs moderate watering. If it starts to lose its leaves, try to maintain a more steady temperature or light level.

    Weeping Fig

    A common house plant, the weeping fig is easy to care for and stylish.

Yucca (Yucca elephantipes)

For a plant that’s reminiscent of the desert, you should consider the yucca. It has spiky foliage that works well with modern decor. This tree is demanding in its need for sunlight. However, it is easy to maintain in its drought-resistance. If you forget to water the yucca a few times, it will still endure.


    This spiky tree has a look that works well with contemporary or modern decor.

Money Tree (Pachira aquatica)

Also known as the money tree, the Guiana chestnut has a bold look. When in the right conditions, the tree has vibrant leaves and can also have a braided trunk. This tree is originally from the wetlands of South America, so it needs moisture. It also needs indirect and bright light.

    Guiana Chestnut

    Also known as a money tree, this plant won't overtake your home. It has an interesting look that's sure to catch attention.

Umbrella Tree (Arboricola schefflera)

One of the tallest if the best indoor trees, the umbrella tree can tower over you at eight feet tall. For an attention-catching addition to your home, this tree is the right pick. You can also grow it as a bonsai, which keeps it small and tidy. If you don’t give the umbrella tree enough light or you give it too much water, it will look sparse. However, it’s capable of handling low underwatering.

    Umbrella Tree

    Whether you choose to grow this as a bonsai or as a full-grown tree, you won't be disappointed.

Dragon Tree (Dracaena marginata)

One of the most modern looking plants, the dragon tree is tall and spindly. It can grow over ten feet in height, but it won’t tower over you. Typically, it grows outward as well as upward. To survive, this plant needs medium to bright light. If it starts to lose leaves, the tree needs more sunlight.

    Umbrella Tree

    Whether you choose to grow this as a bonsai or as a full-grown tree, you won't be disappointed.

Norfolk Island Pine (Araucaria heterophylla)

Do you miss your Christmas tree? The Norfolk Island pine is an indoor tree that resembles a holiday tree, but has softer needles. If you want to keep the tree small, grow it as a bonsai. Although this tree needs more attention than a Christmas tree, it’s still low-maintenance. The tree does well in full sun and acidic soil.

    Norfolk Island Pine

    Celebrate the holiday season all year long with this indoor tree. It has soft pine needles and a unique appearance.

European Olive (Olea europea)

If you want the European olive tree to produce, it must go outside in the summer for periods of time. However, you can successfully grow it indoors for months at a time. Its unique foliage makes it a great addition to any room. To make the most of your olive tree, make sure it has good drainage and direct sun. When the warm weather approaches, take the plant outside for a few hours each day.

    European Olive

    Although you need to take this plant outdoors sometimes, it makes for a great indoor plant.

Corn Plant (Dracaena fragrans)

This tree won’t give you ears of corn, but it will give you something nice to look at. The plant has a stunning silhouette and light-colored leaves. As far as maintenance goes, this plant doesn’t need much. Make sure it gets filtered sunlight and regular water.

    Corn Plant

    While this plant doesn't produce corn, it does have beautiful leaves that create a contemporary look. This Lemon-Lime cultivar will grow 5 feet tall or more with time and care. At the time of shipping, it is between 12 and 26 inches tall.

Ponytail Palm (Beaucarnea recurvata)

If you have a small space but want a tree, the ponytail palm may be worth your time. It grows slowly and won’t take up too much space. Despite its size, this palm tree has a striking appearance. It’s contemporary and stylish. As a low-maintenance tree, the ponytail palm doesn’t need much water. It stores water in its trunk, which makes it capable of going weeks with no water. Make sure the tree has low to medium light, and it will thrive.

    Ponytail Palm

    You can grow this tree as a bonsai or as a larger tree. Either way, it's a stylish addition to your living space

Fishtail Palm (Caryota spp.)

The leaves of this tree look like fish fins or tails, which makes it an interesting house plant. When treated properly, this tree gets somewhat bushy. If you have a bright indoor space, the fishtail palm will do well. It isn’t the easiest tree to care for, as it needs plenty of humidity. In addition to watering it regularly, you also may need to mist the tree.

    Fishtail Palm

    If you want to feel like you're surrounded by nature, the fishtail palm is the way to go. It has a lush appearance.

Which Are the Best Indoor Trees?

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The best indoor tree is the tree that has the appearance and maintenance you want. While some people enjoy low-maintenance trees, others appreciate the satisfaction from caring for trees that have high demands. Look for a tree that has the maintenance level you want.

Once you pick out the tree you want, it’s time to get planting. Shop around for the right plant and accessories. After only a short time, you can enjoy your indoor greenery.