37 Types of Indoor Palm Trees to Grow (Pictures): Ranked Best to Worst

Types of indoor palm trees sitting around an indoor patio area with large and small palm trees for indoors.

Wondering what types of indoor palm trees you can grow?

You’re not alone.

Palm trees scrub the air around them of impurities and create a relaxing environment. But, if you have pets or you live in a small space, that doesn’t mean there aren’t types of indoor palm trees you can grow, you just need to know which ones will work best for your specific situation.

This guide examines 37 types of indoor palm trees that can adapt and live for decades with the right care.

Choosing the right one for your home will depend on how much time you have to take care of it, the space available, and even where you live.

Palm trees are hardy plants in general, but some of them need a bit more care and attention than others.

Let’s have a look at which types of indoor palm trees might be right for your home.

37 Types of Indoor Palm Trees To Grow (Pictures): Ranked Best to Worst

Indoor palm trees can transform the interior of a home into a tropical paradise. Juts how many types of palm trees are there? Hundreds… but for indoor use, choose wisely.

These 37 varieties are great for indoor growing.

Palm TreeHeightScientific NameTempHardiness ZoneRankingNative
Areca Palm6-7 FeetChrysalidocarpus lutescens15 – 75 °F9a-111Madagascar
Parlor Palm2-6 FeetChamaedorea elegans25 – 85°F9b-112Guatemala
Kentia Palm3-12 FeetHoweia forsteriana25 – 75°F3Australia
Rhapis Palm (Lady Palm)2-7 FeetRhapis excelsa15 – 75°F8b-114China
Chinese Fan Palm6 FeetLivistona chinensis15 – 75°F8a-115China/ Japan

Line chart illustrating the average annual growth rate in feet of Kentia palm trees at various age ranges, accompanied by an illustration of a potted Kentia palm.

Palm TreeHeightScientific NameTempHardiness ZoneRanksNative
Cascade Palm6 FeetChamaedorea cataractarum70 – 80°F9b-116Mexico
Majesty Palm5 FeetRavenea rivularis25 – 75°F7Madagascar
Dwarf Bamboo Palm2-6 FeetChamaedorea radicalis65 – 80°F10-118Mexico
Bamboo Palm4-12 FeetChamaedorea erumpens65 – 85°F9a-119Mexico
Yucca Palm9-10 FeetYucca elephantipes18 – 80°F1010Mexico

Close-up view of a Yucca palm tree's spiky green fronds against a white oval background with the tree's trunk visible at the base.

Palm TreeHeightScientific NameTempHardiness ZoneRankingNative
Manila Palm10-20 FeetVeitchia merrillii30 – 90°F10a-1111Philippines
Ruffled Fan Palm6 FeetLicuala grandis30 -85°F10a-1112Vanuata Islands
European Fan Palm5-9 FeetChamaerops humilis10 – 80°F7b-1113Europe
Pygmy Date Palm4-5 FeetPhoenix roebelenii15 – 80°F8b-1114Southern China
Buccaneer Palm10-15 FeetPseudophoenix sargentii30 – 95°F10-1115Florida/ Carribean

A Majesty palm tree with lush green fronds displayed against a white oval background.

Palm TreeHeightScientific NameTempHardiness ZoneRankingNative
Canary Island Date Palm6 FeetPhoenix Canariensis20 – 100°F9-1116Canary Islands/ Africa
Banana Palm6 FeetMusa oriana75 – 95°F8b-1117Southeast asia
Red Feather Palm4-8 FeetChambeyronia macrocarpa20 – 90°F9a-1118New Caledonia
Jade Empress Palm 10-20 feetRhapis multifida20 – 95°F9a-1119China
Joey Palm10-20 FeetJohannesteijsmannia altifrons25 – 75°F9b-1120Southeast Asia

Lipstick palm trees with thin red trunks and lush green fronds, grown in pots and displayed against a white oval background.

Palm TreeHeightScientific NameTempHardiness ZoneRankingNative
Metallica Palm5-10 FeetChamaedorea metallica25 – 90°F9b-1121Mexico
Miniature Chusan Palm10-15 FeetTrachycarpus wagnerianus0 – 80°F7a-1122China
Saw Palmetto5-10 FeetSerenoa repens0 – 80°F7a-1123United States
Spindle Palm10 FeetHyophorbe verschaffeltii30 – 95°F10a-1124Mascarene Islands
Travelers Palm3-8 FeetRavenala madagascariensi50 – 80°F11-1225Madagascar

A Chinese fan palm tree with broad, green, fan-shaped fronds, pictured against a white oval background.

Palm TreeHeightScientific NameTempHardiness ZoneRankingNative
Sunset Palm6-10 FeetCalyptrocalyx albertisianus40 – 95°F1126Indonesia
Triangle Palm6-10 FeetDypsis decaryi30 – 40°F10a-1127Madagascar
Windmill Palm6 – 10 FeetTrachycarpus fortunei5 – 90°F7b-1128China
Ponytail Palm6 FeetBeaucarnea recurvata15 – 80°F8b-1129Mexico
Fishtail Palm10 FeetCaryota mitis55 – 80°F8b-1130Asia/ India

A potted ponytail palm tree with long, thin, curly green leaves sits centered on a white oval background surrounded by a green border.

Palm TreeHeightScientific NameTempHardiness ZoneRankingNative
Ivory Cane Palm4-8 FeetPinanga coronata30 – 55°F31Indonesia
Ivory Crownshaft Palm10-30 FeetPinanga dicksonii30 – 80°F32Indonesia
Cardboard Palm5-10 FeetZamia furfuracea20 – 95°F10-1133Mexico
Lipstick Palm5-15 FeetCyrtostachys renda75 – 85°F34Malaysia
Needle Palm3-6 FeetRhapidophyllum hystrix15 – 80°F6-1135United States
Bottle Palm10-12 FeetHyophorbe lagenicaulis30 – 80°F10-1136Mascarene Islands
Sago Palm3-10 FeetCycas revoluta10 – 90°F7b-1137Japan

When determining which is the best and which is the worst palm tree for indoor use, certain criteria need to be met.

Factors such as how often it needs to be watered, how often it needs to be pruned, sunshine requirements, how soon it might need repotting, and even pest and disease problems.

How that freshly potted palm tree is going to look on the desk, in a corner of the room, or conservatory, had to be factored into the equation.

So, based on all these factors, the list of the 37 types of indoor palm trees to grow ranked from best to worst was formed.

The Sago Palm has been placed in the last position because, even though it ticks a lot of the boxes as a houseplant,3 (The Pennsylvania State University, 2022) it can be toxic to pets if ingested.

Close up image of a Sago Palm tree with its dark green palm leaves in a plastic pot

(Image: Teona Swift8)

However, this list is by no means exhaustive, and one man’s perfect palm plant may not be ideal for everyone.

Areca Palm Outdoor and Areca Palm Indoor

A native of Madagascar, the areca palm tree is a fan favorite for planting both outdoors and indoors.

Its appeal is its low maintenance in regards to pruning, and occasional watering as long as it is planted either in well-draining soil or a container with drainage holes when inside.

It is advisable to use distilled water indoor palm trees and even when there is a dry spell outside.

How To Grow Areca Palm (Areca Palm Fertilizer)

Place a well-draining mixture of peat moss and soil in a container with several holes drilled in the base. Use a liquid fertilizer regularly from the spring to the fall, then just occasionally water when the topsoil goes dry.

Related Reading: Types of Palm Trees in California

Areca Palm Indoor Care (Areca Palm Indoor Light)

Caring for your areca palm plant indoors starts with lighting. Outside, the plants are sun worshippers, so it is important that they are placed near windows or positions that afford maximum sunlight.

Image of an indoor Areca Palm tree in a white decorated pot.

(Image: Liam Huyberechts9)

Ideal temperatures are between 65-75°F in a humid climate so the leaves won’t wilt in a dry environment.

Areca Palm Flower (Areca Palm Care)

The yellow flowers of the areca palm tree bloom in the early summer months and are followed a few months later by oval-shaped colorful fruits. To ensure that the tree bears fruits and flowers healthily, fertilize twice a year and water heavily without saturation.

Gentle misting of the leaves occasionally is beneficial as is pruning any dead leaves to encourage growth and rejuvenation.

Areca Palm Indoor Plant Benefits

The Areca Palm tree has several benefits when it comes indoors:

  • Easy to care for compared to other indoor palm plants5
  • It actually purifies the air
  • It is very effective at absorbing carbon dioxide
  • Promotes a higher level of humidity which is ideal in dry climates

Bamboo Palm (Bamboo Palm Indoor)

Potting a Bamboo palm tree to bring a splash of color into your home couldn’t be easier. Use a container with drainage holes covered in a cloth to prevent soil leakage, and fill part-way with high-quality soil.

After placing the roots into the pot, fill with the remainder of the soil then water with unfiltered water. Then it’s just a matter of placing it in a position where it will benefit from indirect sunlight and watching it grow.

Bamboo Palm Care (Bamboo Palm Indoor Care)

Whether outside or indoors, using a time-release fertilizer is recommended at the start of the growing season. Water with unfiltered water when potting then regularly when the soil feels dry to the touch.

Image of an indoor Bamboo Palm tree in a black in a room.

(Image: Max Rahubovskiy10)

Do not overwhelm with too much water, just so the soil is moist, and monitor regularly even to check if any excess water is draining away sufficiently.

Bamboo Palm Benefits

What are the benefits of having a Bamboo Palm tree indoors?

  • Absorbing air pollutants like tobacco smoke
  • Absorbs toluene that can cause eye, nose, and throat irritation
  • Adds moisture subtly to the air
  • Absorbs colorless pollutants such as carbon monoxide, paint fumes, and even gasoline smells

Kentia Palm (Indoor Palm Care)

Even though it thrives in balmy climates, once it is potted indoors,7 the kentia palm tree adapts to its new environment very quickly.

Bathed in indirect light encourages steady growth as does regular watering when the topsoil is dry to the touch. Fronds that turn brown can be left in place until completely dead as they still provide nutrients for the plant.

Majesty Palm Indoor Care (Majesty Palm Dying)

The Majesty palm tree is a hardy plant but several things can lay it low. For instance, if there is too much water, if there is too little water, if the temperature drops very low, or if there is an infestation of insects.

Signs that the health of your plant is suffering are brown fronds that start to droop drastically, or even fungus infiltrating the trunk through the waterlogged roots.

If any of these conditions are noticed, it is not too late to save the palm tree as long as swift action is taken to reverse the deterioration. That could include simply misting to create more humidity, installing a water meter, or a regular maintenance schedule.

How To Revive a Dying Potted Palm Tree?

Reviving a dying plant on the verge of no return takes swift action. The temperature needs to be maintained between 65-75°F, the humidity needs to be increased, and for 10 minutes the entire pot needs to be submerged in water.

This works for all types of indoor palm trees and ensures that the entire root is absorbing enough water and then allow the excess to drain away thoroughly.

Continue to water every 7 days in the summer months and every 10-14 in the winter, even misting the leaves to create a touch of humidity.

It is important to remember that if the new houseplant is located close to air conditioners or a heat source,1 water evaporation can occur in the soil and that leads to the telltale sign of the leaves turning brown.

Best Practice for Indoor Palm Tree Care: Brown Leaves

Noticing brown leaves on your palm tree is not a cause for panic, but it is a sign that something is wrong. Identifying the problem will quickly lead to a solution.

Check the soil for oversaturation (too much water) in case there is root rot, check the leaves for spotting or mites, and ensure that the plant is getting sufficient sunlight.

Image of an indoor palm tree with its leaves turning yellow and brown.

(Image: Federica Giusti11)

Regular misting will encourage humidity in all types of indoor palm trees and bring the green back.

What’s Wrong With My Palm Tree?

If, after trying a few corrective methods to revive your flagging, brown-leaved palm tree, there is no change, what can be done next?

An often-overlooked issue is that your palm tree is suffering from a lack of calcium, magnesium, potassium, or even iron. The leaves will indicate which is lacking if they have bronze spots, yellowing around the fringes, or start to become misshapen, or irregular.

How To Trim an Indoor Palm Plant (How Much To Trim Palm Trees)

Just because some leaves on your indoor palm tree are partially brown, doesn’t mean that the whole leaf needs to be cut away. The brown tip can be pruned away, leaving the rest of the leaf to still grow and continue to contribute nutrients for the palm plants’ survival.

If the leaf is completely dead, however, it is wise to trim it away so it does not negatively affect the rest of the plant.

How To Keep a Palm Tree Alive Indoors During Winter

Before winter sets in, a slow-release fertilizer should be used so that for the next three months the palm tree will have enough nutrients.

Less watering will be required, but the temperature and humidity will need to be monitored to ensure the environment doesn’t become too cold or too dry. And do keep your eyes open for those pesky little pests.

Indoor Palm Tree Diseases (Pictures)

Like any living species, all types of indoor palm trees can be prone to infections, diseases, and infestations.

Image of a potted indoor Palm tree with its stem and leaves turning yellow in a pot.

(Image: Sigrid Abalos12)

Some signs and problems to watch out for are:2

  • Leaf spots that need to be treated with fungicidal sprays
  • The deadly Ganoderma zonatum fungus
  • Yellowing leaves. Possibly caused by the phytoplasma disease from the planthopper mite
  • Black lesions that are signs of a bacterial infection like bud rot
  • Black wart-like marks that are signs of false smut
  • Masses of pink spores, called pink rot, caused if the palm tree is damaged, can stunt growth
  • Gray mold on the fronds is a sign that the fungus sooty mold has infected the tree, normally alongside an insect infestation
  • Thielaviopsis trunk rot is a fungus that causes the trunk to collapse and it needs to be tackled quickly or the palm tree will not survive this deadly disease.

Indoor Palm Plant Identification for a Sick Palm Plant (Pictures)

Palm reading is a skill that can be learned, as is being able to differentiate between a sick palm plant and one that’s just having a bad day.

Just because a few fronds are drooping doesn’t mean that the end is nigh for your palm plant. Neither do a few black or yellow marks on the leaves as not all fungal infections are lethal to all indoor palm plants.

Image of an indoor Palm tree with its leaves turning brown.

(Image: Federica Giusti13)

Know your plant to identify if the following fungi or pests are a nuisance or a deadly menace:

  • Fusarium Wilt – no cure and mortal to most palm plants
  • Diamon Scale – infected areas can be cut away if caught in time
  • Root Rot – caused generally by overwatering and can infect all palm plants
  • Leaf Blights – An unsightly infection when noticed but not fatal
  • Whiteflies – These are easy to spot when disturbed and can be sprayed off
  • Spider Mites – Tiny webs are a clear indication that these mites are present

When the incontrovertible proof is evident that your palm plant either has an infestation or a disease, first confirm the risk that it poses to your particular species, and then act accordingly.

Palm Tree Trimming Cost Calculator and Palm Tree Removal Cost Calculator

Not all types of indoor palm trees are destined to settle in a small pot on a table in a corner of the room. Some of them are planted with care in conservatories or greenhouses where they can grow tall and proud,4 occasionally up to 10 feet in height and many people with larger outdoor trees wonder how much to trim palm trees.

A bigger tree like this may need a tree professional to trim back leaves to prevent any accidental damage or, in the case that the tree needs to be moved, replant it in an outdoor location.

This online palm tree trimming cost calculator can provide a price estimation. Details such as the palm tree type, its height, its location, whether there is easy access, and even how long it has been in situ have to be inputted into the calculator.

Questions about where it will be replanted will need to be answered, or if it is just to be removed from the property.

All of these can impact the estimated online price, but that may well change when the arborist comes around to inspect the job and the details you have inputted into the calculator have been too conservatively estimated.

Frequently Asked Questions About the 37 Types of Indoor Palm Trees To Grow

How Many Types of Palm Trees Are There?

In total there are 2,600 different species of palm trees out there, each and every one displaying an incredible array of shapes, colors, and sizes.

How Often To Water Palm Plant Indoor?

Overwatering a palm tree indoors can cause root rot and other problems. Watering should occur when the first layer of soil is dry to about 2cm deep.

What State Has the Most Palm Trees?

That accolade goes to Hawaii. The island has over 21 different species.

Due to the excellent tropical climate there, a wider variety of palm trees tend to thrive there than anywhere else in the United States. Florida and California are close behind in the number of palm trees, trailed by North and South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Arizona, and Texas in no particular order.

Why Is My Palm Plant Dying? (Why Is My Indoor Palm Tree Dying?)

Unfortunately, various types of indoor palm trees can have health problems from root rot.

This is caused by overwatering when there is not sufficient drainage from the container. Lack of water, too low a temperature, and too dry an environment can interfere with the care or possibly the demise of your palm plant.6

How Much Does It Cost To Trim Palm Trees?

The main factor that determines the cost of trimming palm trees, is the height. The more difficult the fronds are to reach, the higher the price will be.

Is It Possible To Get a Free Palm Tree Removal Service?

Removing a tree can be costly. But removing a palm tree can also be free.

This free service will be solely dependent on whether your particular species is in demand. If it is, companies will uproot it without charge with the knowledge that they will be able to sell it to another customer, and, of course, also charge for installation.

No matter which one of the 37 types of indoor palm trees to grow you select, rest assured that it will bring a tropical flair into your home.


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