Discover 27 Beautiful Houseplants that Grow Tall

Written by Sofia Fantauzzo
Updated: November 15, 2023
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Tall growing houseplants are a stunning addition to place in any room in your home. The touch of green and the natural shapes of the foliage can help create a relaxing and elegant feel. Here you’ll find some of the most beautiful and tall houseplants that will bring your home decor to new heights.

1. Fiddle Leaf Fig (Ficus lyrata)

fiddle leaf fig tree in a white pot Placed on the corner of the steps Matches the window open in which the light penetrates - Ficus lyrata

Many popular and well-loved houseplants are in the Ficus family.

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The fiddle leaf fig can grow up to 10 feet tall as a potted plant. The broad, fiddle-shaped leaves can also grow to be over a foot wide when they’re truly thriving! Fiddle leaf figs won’t grow as tall or have as robust leaves if they’re grown in indirect light, so be sure you’ve got a bright, sunny area that gets plenty of light throughout the day if you want this plant to reach its full potential.

2. Rubber Fig (Ficus elastica)

rubber tree in pot

These plants are named for the latex they exude which is a natural source of rubber.

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Outdoor rubber plants can reach up to 30 feet in height, but when they’re kept as houseplants, they max out around 6-10 feet tall. The leaves are usually a deep red, almost black, color. They’re thick and when broken, you will see a white exudate called “latex”. You can also get a variegated rubber tree, which has a variety of light green, white, and green on the leaves. For whichever variety, be sure there is ample, but indirect, light.

3. Weeping Fig (Ficus benjamina)

Weeping Fig, Ficus Benjamina, cutout big size houseplant with white background

Weeping figs can be compact or sprawling, depending on how you train the stems or prune.

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Another popular member of the Ficus family, weeping figs is a versatile plant. They can be kept small if desired, or you can let them reach their ultimate indoor height of 10 feet when kept indoors. This species of Ficus can have their stems trained into ornamental designs, but only while they’re young and not as woody. There are also tons of different cultivars of this plant that feature different leaves and growth habits.

4. Swiss Cheese Plant (Monstera deliciosa)

monstera deliciosa on white background

The Swiss cheese plant is a very popular tropical plant.

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Also commonly called “monsteras” the Swiss cheese plant is our first climbing plant on this list. It can be trained to climb a wall, where it can entirely cover it and even continue growing on the ceiling. Alternatively, you can place a moss pole in its pot to allow it to cling and grow. This will give the illusion of a fuller, more tree-like plant. It will grow as tall and wide as you allow it to, and when it’s really happy, can easily take over any space it is allotted. Be sure to provide it with bright indirect light and plenty of humidity to simulate a rainforest habitat.

5. Dragon Tree (Dracaena marginata)

dragon tree

The dragon tree is a good choice for new plant owners, as it is

easy to care for

.

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This stunning plant features long, linear leaves that come to a point at the end. Usually, the green leaves are accented with red margins. At maturity, this plant can reach 20 feet outside but can easily reach 6 feet indoors. Occasional pruning of this slow-growing plant can help you keep it in check. Dragon trees love bright light but will tolerate some shade or partial light. However, it might take longer to grow to its ultimate height if good lighting is withheld.

6. Corn Plant (Dracaena fragrans)

Some other varieties of this plant have more curly leaves or solid-colored leaves.

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This is another plant that can tolerate low light conditions without too much concern. Corn plants, named for their leaves reminiscent of corn stalks, can grow to be 4-6 feet tall. Their leaves might even grow to be half their height! These plants are tolerant of drought and don’t need much in the way of humidity. The ease of care makes adding an impressive plant to your home a breeze.

7. Ponytail Palm (Beaucarnea recurvata)

Beaucarnea recurvata or Nolina recurvata plant, otherwise called the Ponytail Palm, potted in a large white tub isolated on white

Ponytail palms are not true palms. They are members of the Agave family, which are succulents.

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Indoor-grown ponytail palms can reach about 6 feet tall. Thought, it might take a long time to grow to this height. If you’re looking to immediately add a sense of “wow” with a larger plant, aim to get one that is near the size you’re looking for. Otherwise, you can expect about two inches of growth per year when kept inside. They prefer more arid conditions and can store plenty of water in their wide trunks. This method of water storage makes them pretty tolerant of forgetful plant owners.

8. Majesty Palm (Ravenea rivularis)

Majesty Palm

The majesty palm is a native plant of Madagascar, where it can grow over 100 feet tall.

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Majesty palms are exactly that: majestic. Their delicate green fronds slightly curve when they grow large, giving this plant its beautiful organic shape that is prized by many of its plant owners. Inside, you can grow this plant up to 10 feet tall when given the right conditions. The key to this plant is giving it the right amount of light and fertilizer. Bright, indirect light for most of the day is its preference. Fertilize twice during the spring and summer months, diluting an all-purpose NPK fertilizer by half.

9. Parlor Palm (Chamaedorea elegans)

A group of Chamaedorea elegans or parlor palm plants in terracotta pots.

This plant is also commonly called “bamboo palm.”

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This feather-like palm can be as small as 2 feet or as tall as 7 feet when grown indoors. You can keep it small by giving it less access to light, or by keeping it in a small pot to restrict root growth. To get it as tall as you can, provide it with access to bright, indirect light (such as from an east-facing window) and fertilize it twice during the growing season.

10. Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia reginae)

Strelitzia reginae, popularly called bird of paradise, is a herbaceous species native to South Africa. It is cultivated as an ornamental plant due to the peculiar shape of its flower

The foliage itself is impressive, but they are grown for their flowers which look like birds.

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A bird of paradise plant can bloom indoors, but most who keep this plant enjoy it for its large, banana-leaf-shaped leaves. These leaves can grow to be over a foot long and often at least 6 inches wide. It’s a tall plant too, coming in at around 6 feet tall with a 5-foot-wide sprawl. The bird of paradise is a tropical-loving plant. To get it to look its best, give it at least 60% humidity, a warm room, and bright light. These conditions, combined with an all-purpose, balanced fertilizer, might also encourage it to flower.

11. Cat Palm (Chamaedorea cataractarum)

A Chamaedorea cataractarum or cat palm growing in a forest with a number of other tropical plants.

Cat palms are slow-growing palms native to tropical regions in Mexico.

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While a cat palm isn’t the tallest growing plant, even when grown outdoors, there is something about its rounded growth habit that can give the room a serene and tropical feel. Though it only grows to be about 4-6 feet tall, the width of the plant can get up to 10 feet! Make sure you’ve got plenty of space for it. Or prune regularly to keep how wide it grows in check.

12. Norfolk Island Pine (Araucaria heterophylla)

Norfolk Island Pine Trees

These are popular alternatives to real pine trees for the Christmas holiday.

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Another plant with a misnomer, these are not true pine trees. These are tropical coniferous plants with soft leaves. This plant can get between 5-8 feet tall indoors. Soft needle-like leaves grow from the branches in a triangular shape. They will stay green throughout the year. Since they’re tropical, try to keep the soil moist and humidity levels above 50% to maintain the gorgeous green hue.

13. Meyer Lemon (Citrus x meyeri)

ripe yellow-orange Meyer lemons on a lemon tree with deep green leaves.

An indoor fruiting tree is not very common but can add a natural feeling to your home.

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While it’s not very tall for a fruit-bearing plant, as a houseplant the Meyer lemon can get to be around 6 feet tall, or 4 feet if you’re growing a dwarf variety. Unlike other citrus varieties, it doesn’t need a colder period to fruit. That, and their glossy, deep green leaves make them favorites for a tall indoor houseplant. Plus, they have a sweeter taste than most lemons, making them perfect for desserts!

14. Creeping Fig (Ficus pumila)

creeping fig or climbing fig plant, ficus pumila, vigorous and fast growing evergreen vine covering a concrete wall, full frame background

Creeping figs creepy along walls or other moist surfaces.

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Contrary to the name “pumila” which means “small” you can expect this houseplant to grow to be around 8 feet tall indoors. It grows well in high humidity and if you give it a surface to climb, climb it will! Creeping figs can also be grown in hanging containers and allowed to spill out of their basket. This can give your space an alternative look that differs from most plants that have a main trunk or stem.

15. Ti Plant (Cordyline fruticosa)

Cordyline Fruticosa, Plant with Pink and Purple Leaves Under the Shade of Some Trees in a Large Garden

These are great for indoor or outdoor growing in tropical areas.

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The bright pink and deep red color of the Ti plant makes it one of the more captivating plants on this list. It can reach around 4 feet tall when grown inside. They prefer constant temperatures above 60°F and bright, indirect light. Water such that the soil can stay moist without being soggy, as they are prone to root rot.

16. Money Tree

A Money Tree Plant with Ornate Braided Trunk in a white pot on a white background

Mist your money tree often to promote healthy and lush foliage growth.

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Money trees are another starter-friendly plant that can spur a plant addiction. Their soft and delicate leaves hailing from a dainty stem are enough to catch anyone’s eye, not to mention their trunk is often woven to provide some additional ornamentation. Money trees often will grow to be 8 feet tall. However, you can also take it to the other end of the spectrum and grow it as a bonsai.

17. Olive Tree (Olea europaea)

ash bonsai tree on black background

Olive trees are very versatile and can be grown as a bonsai, a houseplant, and outdoors.

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The olive tree’s small and linear dark green leaves are a perfect complement for its light-colored bark. Indoors, you can expect a height of up to 6 feet. Most indoor varieties are non-fruiting, but regular fruiting olive trees can reach around the same height. However, you might never get olives from an indoor tree if you can’t provide full sun for at least six hours of the day. If you’re not looking to produce olives, then any bright and sunny window will suit it well.

18. Tree Philodendron (Philodendron bipinnatifidum)

Philodendron bipinnatifidum (split-leaf philodendron, lacy tree philodendron, selloum, horsehead

For a mature specimen, you might have to section off half the room to this plant!

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Tree philodendrons can have massive leaves of up to 3 feet in length. Indoors, you can expect this non-climbing plant to get to be over 8 feet tall and just as wide. To limit its growth, you can prune it regularly or keep it in a small pot. Alternatively, you can split it into multiple pots. If you want it to go crazy, be sure you’re providing it with medium to bright indirect light. Humidity should be above 60% and watering should occur when the top 2-3 inches of soil is dry.

19. Umbrella Tree (Schefflera actinophylla)

Umbrella trees can be one solid green color or variegated with white or light green to yellow.

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This houseplant can grow to be 10 feet tall indoors if your ceilings allow for that height. They have a dense canopy of leathery leaves that hang pendulously from their stems. It’s a plant to be admired, and its ease of care and versatility makes it one of the most popular houseplants amongst beginners and old-timers alike.

20. Areca Palm (Chrysalidocarpus lutescens)

Areca Palm tree Decorative isolated on white background .Dypsis lutescens plant, also known as golden cane palm, areca palm, yellow butterfly. Green palm leaves in tropical forest. Chrysalidocarpus

This palm is commonly

over 30 feet tall and 15 feet wide

in its natural outdoor habitat.

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The areca palm can easily grow up to 8 feet tall indoors when all of its needs are met. Provide bright but indirect light and protect this plant from drafts. Since it is native to tropical areas of Madagascar, it prefers partial shade and moist soil. The humidity should be at least above 50% to retain its hydrated and vivid green leaves.

21. Elephant Ear Alocasia (Alocasia macrorrhizos)

Alocasia Macrorrhiza (or Giant Elephant Ear) plant growth in the garden. This plant is a spectacular tropical landscape plant with giant leaves the look like elephant ears.

If you’re looking for a statement plant, the

elephant

alocasia should be a major consideration.

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There are many different cultivars of this type of alocasia, with most getting between 3-5 feet tall. A signature of this plant is its large leaves, and elephant alocasia most certainly meets this requirement. With leaves growing to be 2 feet wide, they live up to their name. This moderately tall and wide-growing houseplant is easy to maintain with a constant temperature and high levels of humidity. Be sure it is getting bright, but indirect light.

22. Spineless Yucca (Yucca elephantipesis)

Yuccas and some species of draceanas can easily be mistaken for each other.

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This evergreen plant can grow up to 5 feet tall when grown as a houseplant. Its trunk is textured and will occasionally sprout new plants. They can eventually be separated and grow in their own pots. To best care for this plant, allow the soil to dry out almost entirely before watering deeply. Give it the brightest light you can, and only move it if you notice the leaves are starting to burn.

23. Pencil Cactus (Euphorbia tirucalli)

Bright orange-red pencil cactus

Pencil cacti are not a true species of cactus, and they lack spines.

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A pencil cactus can be just the weird-looking tall houseplant you’re looking for. They almost have a coral-like appearance in their many branching arms. You can look forward to this plant getting about 6 feet tall when kept indoors. Bright sun exposure can help bring out their colors as well as make sure they have robust, healthy growth.

24. Snake Plant (Dracaena trifasciata)

Two Dracaena trifasciata snake plants (Sansevieria trifasciata) and a small one on a wooden table at home

These plants reproduce from underground bulbs called rhizomes.

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Snake plants have a few different shades and patterns to their leaves. Their singular, sword-shaped leaf makes them a fun alternative to most other “leafier” looking plants. Additionally, snake plants are very easy to care for and can thrive in low light. They are also fairly drought tolerant thanks to their water-storing succulent leaves. Snake plants can reach 3 to 4 feet tall when kept as houseplants. In the wild, they can get over 6 feet tall.

25. Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra elatior)

Aspidistra elatior or cast-iron-plant or bar room plant with spotted leaves in pot

The leaves on a cast iron plant can be plain, spotted, or have some variegated stripes.

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Cast iron plants are some of the hardiest plants a person can own. This unkillable houseplant is usually capping out at around 3 feet in height. It also can have a spread of 1-2 feet which makes this a compact yet stately plant. Since it also requires very little in the way of maintenance, it is a good starter plant for new plant parents.

26. Stingray Alocasia (Alocasia macrorrhiza ‘Stingray)

In addition to their oddly shaped leaves, the stems of this plant are striped.

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Alocasias have a wide variety of leaf shapes to choose from. This one, aptly named after a stingray, features a wide, rounded leaf with a “stinger” shaped leaf tip. While it’s not a very dense-growing plant, it can reach up to 3 feet tall. It’s not the tallest plant on this list, but its interesting shape is sure to add some character to whatever room it lives.

27. Alocasia Portei (Alocasia portei)

The large leaves of alocasias are deeply lobed with very wavy margins.

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If you’re looking for a tall houseplant but you want something unique, here is the plant for you. Alocasia portei, also called “Malaysian Monster”, has large leaves with thin, ruffled-looking lobes. The overall height of this plant can reach around 4 feet in height, but its leaves can get to be over a foot in length. Its dramatic appearance definitely draws a lot of attention to the plant. To keep it looking as noteworthy as it should, keep humidity levels above 50% and allow the top few inches. of soil to dry before watering.

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Sofia is a lover of all things nature, and has completed a B.S. in Botany at the University of Florida (Go Gators!). Professionally, interests include everything plant and animal related, with a penchant for writing and bringing science topics to a wider audience. On the off-occasion she is not writing or playing with her cats or crested gecko, she can be found outside pointing out native and invasive plants while playing Pokemon Go.

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