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Indoor trees

CandideZA
Published on September 19th 2021
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Open-plan living rooms, studios and even office spaces are perfect settings for indoor trees. A typical tree has a single, upright trunk that culminates into a crown of branches and foliage. Numerous potted plants would become trees, given the right conditions and if permitted to grow unrestricted.
Indoor trees make a beautiful architectural statement and if well positioned, make for effective focal points in large surroundings. You don’t, however, need to live in a large apartment to enjoy growing trees indoors. Some plants are tree-like, even when quite young.
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There are numerous benefits to growing trees indoors. Not only does it make us feel more connected to nature, but also purifies the air, improves creativity and creates a sense of calmness within indoor spaces. These qualities make indoor trees a must-have at the office!
To help you select the right tree for your office or living space, here are some of our top picks:
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1. Fiddle leaf (Ficus lyrata)

fiddle leaf fig

Fiddle-Leaf Fig

Ficus lyrata

Trendy, textured and tall. It's easy to why these figs are found in almost every indoor plant jungle. These beauties enjoy bright, indirect light, well-draining soil, and a good drink of water now and then. Be careful not to overwater it by only water when the top layer of the soil is dry.
Learn more about the Fiddle Leaf Fig in the article below!
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2. Palms

No really a tree by definition however palms can create a foresty feel with its fan-shaped leaves and tall stems. Palms are really easy to care for and they come in a variety of shapes and forms, and there is an array to choose from for your indoor space.
  • Areca (Dypsis spp.)
  • Parlour (Chamaedora elegans)
  • Ponytail (Beaucarnea recurvata)
  • Lady (Rhapis humilis)
There's no reason not to love the Love palm. Dig into the article below to learn more about what makes it so loveable.
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3. Weeping fig (Ficus benjamina)

A classic. These trees have stuck around since houseplants became a thing back in the 60s. Easy to care for, they make for beautiful statement plants and can grow up to 1.5 m indoors if conditions are ideal.
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4. Rubber tree (Ficus elastica)

As per its name, this tree is easy to care for and bounces back easily after a little neglect. These trees also come in a variety of colours, ranging from variegated, tricolour, to almost purple. They enjoy bright, indirect sunlight, well-draining soil and bi-weekly fertilizer during the growing season.

5. Norfolk island pine (Araucaria heterophylla)

With proper TLC this beautiful tree will grace you with its presence for a long time. The soft, needle-like leaves give it a cosy winter feel to the home. This tree is a little sensitive when it comes to getting the indoor conditions right so we won't suggest starting your indoor tree collection with this one.
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6. Umbrella tree (Schefflera amata)

Head and shoulders above the rest, the Umbrella tree can reach up to 2.5 m in ideal conditions. The umbrella-like leaves are lush and deep green which makes this plant a beautiful specimen for the indoors. A great choice if you're new to houseplants!
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7. Money tree (Pachira aquatica)

Often sold with a braided trunk, the money plant is a popular indoor plant. Its clusters of soft green leaves shape into a beautiful, lush canopy. This tree enjoyed bright light and is sensitive to overwatering so allow it to dry a little between waterings.
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8. Dracaena

There are numerous Dracaena species and hybrids to choose from. They come in many different shapes, forms, heights, and colours. These guys enjoy bright, indirect sunlight and are really easy to care for.
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9. Natal Mahogany (Trichilia emetica)

This gentle giant with its dark green, bushy leaves is a sure sight to behold when grown indoors. It prefers humid environments so be sure to give it a mist of water now and then. Position it in a spot with bright indirect sunlight and do not skip a week of watering! These plants are very sensitive and will not bounce back easily if soil dries out.
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10. Yucca (Yucca elephantipes)

With its spiky exterior, the Yucca makes for a great interior feature. These plants are drought-tolerant (perfect for the forgetful owner) and thrive in lots of sunlight, making them a wonderful plant for that sunny corner.

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