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13 Great Indoor Trees

Add a beautiful accent to your home with an easy-care indoor tree.

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Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree

Fiddle leaf figs, with their big, sculptured leaves, make striking specimen plants. While they like bright light, they'll show their dislike of drafts by dropping leaves. Water when the soil feels dry, and keep an eye open for pests like whiteflies and aphids. If they show up, treat your tree with the least toxic method, stepping up to stronger measures only if the bugs persist. This lovely room was designed by HGTV's own Emily Henderson.

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Norfolk Island Pine

You've probably seen Norfolk Island Pines (Araucaria heterophylla) decorated with small ornaments or red bows for Christmas, but they also make great year-round houseplants. Keep yours in medium to bright light and water often enough to keep the soil moist, but never soggy. If your pine starts to look weak and spindly, it probably needs more light; brown, dry tips on its branches mean it needs more moisture.

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Known for their sword-shaped leaves and large, woody stems, or canes, yuccas come in shades of green to blue-green, with yellow, white or cream tones. These tropicals don't need much water and can take sun to part shade in your home. If you move your tree outdoors in the spring, be sure to bring it back in before the first freeze.

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Parlor Palm

Parlor palms once graced Victorian homes, but they're still popular today, thanks to their ability to adapt to low light and humidity. They're also on NASA's list of 50 indoor plants that help clean the air. Most palms will develop root-rot if their soil stays wet, so be sure to use a container with drainage holes and a good quality potting mix.

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