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Indoor Trees for a Greener Home

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Fiddle Leaf Fig

This trendy plant keeps popping up in design magazines and Instagram shots, thanks to its wide, textured leaves. Young plants feature dense foliage and as they age, they spread out and grow more “tree-like”. Give it bright, indirect light and water once the top inch of soil is dry. Drench until water comes out the bottom of the pot, then let it dry out again.

Rubber Plant

This beautiful plant is tall and hardy, coming in many varieties, from tricolor, variegated leaves to almost black ones. Place yours in a spot with bright, indirect light and water about once a week without water-logging.

Calamondin Orange Tree

While many dwarf fruit trees do well in pots outdoors, this variety is one that can survive indoors all year long. Calamondin orange trees produce tiny, sour fruits, and fragrant white flowers that make your room smell amazing.

Jade Plant

This succulent starts small, but over time, develops thick, woody stems and grows into a 3-foot tall miniature tree. Plant in a well-draining mix, in warm, dry conditions. Moist but not wet soil is the goal. Shriveled or brown leaves signal you’re underwatering the plant.

Parlor Palm

If you need to add a little color in a dark dining room, here’s your solution. Parlor palms are tried and true, can withstand sporadic watering and low-light conditions, including north-facing windows.

Weeping Fig

The classic ficus has stuck around since it’s more tolerant of low-light than other indoor trees, and can make do with moderate watering. If you notice a significant leaf drop, it’s likely due to a sudden change in temperature or light.


With spiky, structural foliage, this desert plant thrives on as much sunlight as possible. Forgetful waterers can rejoice too: It’s extremely drought-tolerant and needs only infrequent watering

Guiana Chestnut

Pachira (the Guiana Chestnut) thrives in more swamp-like situations similar to its original home in the South American wetlands. It can tolerate overwatering provided there’s good drainage and does appreciate bright, indirect light.

Umbrella Tree

This tree can grow up to 8 feet tall inside if given sufficient light — too little and the stems can start looking leggy and sparse. Try to under-water instead of overwater, which can cause leaf loss and root rot.

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