No design element makes a statement in your home quite like a tall, lush potted plant. These outsized houseplants can serve as the focal point for a room, add a pop of verdant color, and lend a tropical, jungle-like vibe to a space. Whether you’re looking for a towering indoor tree or a more compact specimen that can add dramatic height to a smaller space, there’s a tall houseplant to fit your needs. Here are some of our favorite indoor houseplants that can grow to great heights in your home.
Fiddle Leaf Fig
There’s a reason this trendy ficus is so sought after, even years after it first became all the rage: with their attractive, deep-green foliage and ability to grow five to 10 feet tall, fiddle-leaf figs simply demand attention. These plants need lots of bright light and grow up rather than out, so choose a spot to display them near a sunny window in a high-ceilinged space.
Avoid making sudden changes to its environment in terms of light or temperature, or else it may drop its leaves.
This easy-growing houseplant with long, glossy leaves has long been used to add elegance to indoor spaces. Rubber plants grow quickly—in just a few years, they can reach up to 10 feet in height—so plan accordingly as you choose a spot to display them. They’re less finicky than their fiddle leaf fig cousins and have the ability to adapt to brightly-lit or lower-light spaces—although you’ll want to choose a brighter spot to get faster growth.
Bird of Paradise
With the right amount of light and a little TLC, this stunning flowering tropical can grow as tall as seven feet, even indoors, with long, bladelike leaves that can reach three feet in length. Bird of paradise plants need full sun—at least five hours of it each day—so display them near a large, bright window. Choose a mature specimen, and with lots of light, regular fertilizer, and moist soil, it will reward you with its distinctive orange and blue flowers.
Another member of the ficus family, weeping figs are a classic option for an indoor tree thanks to their full, attractive greenery, low-maintenance care needs, and tolerance for low-light environments. Specimens grown as houseplants can grow up to six feet tall indoors with a good source of bright, indirect light nearby.
Be sure to keep your weeping fig's soil moist but not soggy, fertilize regularly, and prune back branches that are coming into contact with walls or ceilings.
Want to add some green to your space and maybe even your wallet? Money trees—not to be confused with Chinese money plant, or Pilea peperomioides—are said to bring luck and financial fortune to their caretakers. Even without that supposed boost to your bank account, these jungle plants will add cheerful greenery to your space and can grow up to six feet tall indoors. You'll often see them with several stems braided together, which is done in the nursery before the stalks become hard and woody. Since money trees do well with good humidity and bright, indirect light, they’re ideal to display in a well-lit bathroom.
Also known as schefflera, umbrella plant’s drooping leaflets, arranged in a circle around a central stem, look a lot like its namesake. While indoor specimens don’t typically flower, this plant can grow up to 10 feet tall indoors; if need be, you can prune back the tops of the tallest stems to encourage fuller, bushier growth.
Umbrella plants need lots of bright light, and it’s a good idea to rotate yours occasionally to help it grow evenly.
Trendy, attractive monstera are the perfect accent piece for any open indoor space. These lush specimens can reach eight feet in height indoors; their deeply notched, heart-shaped leaves can grow as wide as two feet under the right conditions. They grow out as well as up, though, so make sure you're budgeting enough room around the plant for it to grow into. Monstera grow best in a space with lots of humidity, and although they can adapt to lower-light conditions, they need lots of bright, indirect light to grow to full size indoors.
These slow-growing dwarf palm trees will reach heights of up to four feet indoors, making them a great houseplant to add some drama in smaller or low-ceilinged rooms without outgrowing the space. With their ability to adapt to brighter or lower-light spots, you have lots of flexibility as you choose where to display your parlor palm. Make sure they have the jungle-like humidity they need to thrive by putting it in your bathroom or setting the pot on top of a tray of water with pebbles to elevate the bottom of the pot just above the water line, which will moisten the air around your plant.
African Milk Tree
This succulent looks like a cactus, with thick stalks frindged with spikes and small leaves on three sides. Also known by its botanical name, Euphorbia trigonia, this plant gives off an attractive, desert-like vibe. Grown in a warm space with lots of bright, indirect light, African milk trees can grow up to eight feet tall indoors. Since they can become top-heavy, it’s a good idea to stake yours or cut back the tallest portions and propagate them into new plants.
Just be sure to wear gloves, as the milky sap these plants exude when cut can irritate your skin.
Looking for a tall, elegant plant to create a sunny, California-style vibe in your high-ceilinged space? The dracaena known as corn plant can grow up to 12 feet tall. With their long, woody stalks that grow all the way up to a clump of stripey, ribbon-like leaves on top, these plants mimic the look of tall, stately Los Angeles palm trees on a smaller scale. Your corn plant will grow best (and fastest) with lots of bright, indirect light, but they can adapt to spaces with less light, too. Corn plants are also pretty low-maintenance—they can tolerate underwatering, but not overwatering—and offer the added benefit of helping to clean the air of toxic chemicals.