Palm trees have a special place in many plant lovers’ hearts and homes, as they bring a tropical look to every room they are put in and, surprisingly, most of them are really easy to take care of.

So, here’s the good news! There are hundreds of types of indoor palm trees you can choose from, so we put together a list of our favorites ones, so you can find the palm plant you like the most.

The most awesome types of palm trees

1. Majesty Palm (Ravenea rivularis)


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Native to Madagascar, the Majesty Palm is suitable both for indoors and outdoors and was the favorite royalty choice for decorative palm trees in the past.

It has a really impressive presence that will change for sure the environment at home or at the office. However, it is not draught-tolerant but even so, it doesn’t require a lot of work to make it thrive in your space.

2. Areca Palm (Chrysalidocarpus Lutescens)


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A versatile palm tree that can be put both outdoors and indoors and thrive either way.

Native from the island of Madagascar, the Areca Palm is known for growing upwards fairly fast. It has leaves with colors ranging from deep green to yellowish-green.

3. Broadleaf Lady Palm (Rhapis excelsa)


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This is a slow growing palm that can reach 14 feet high. Outdoors, it will grow at an average rate of 8-12 inches per year, but indoors, the rate will be slower.

It is the most convenient option, as it can withstand any kind of light – from full sun to shade. Bright, indirect light is ideal for a healthy look, as its leaves will go darker when exposed to shade for a prolonged period.

4. Bird of Paradise(Strelitzia reginae)


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This tropical palm plant gets its name thanks to the gorgeous flowers it produces, resembling the exotic bird of paradise.

It’ll bring a spectacular look to any room, that’s for sure. However, it might be a bit fussy, as it needs a sunny spot to flourish. The Bird of Paradise also has a fast growth rate and will require fertilizer in its growing season.

Just like the most palms out there, it prefers moist soil, but not wet, as it can suffer from root rot.

Tip: Mist it from time to time to remove the dust from its leaves.

5. Bamboo Palm (Chamaedorea seifrizii)


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The Bamboo Palm is another super popular choice these days, as it’s appropriate for both indoors and outdoors. Besides looking amazing, this palm tree can also purify the air by removing harmful toxins such as formaldehyde.

It loves moist soil (not soggy!) and can survive in almost any kind of light. However, it’s recommended to be placed in a spot with bright, indirect light. Direct sunlight will scorch its leaves, while low light environments will make it grow slower – and this palm is already a slow grower!

6. Parlor Palm (Chamaedorea elegans)


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Also known as Neanthe bella, this palm has been popular since Victorian times. However, it is a slow grower and can take around 10 years to reach 4ft.

Its growing requirements are similar to the other palms – moist soil and bright, indirect light will do the trick!

7. Footstop Palm (Livistona rotundifolia)


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It originates from Southeast Asia and New Guinea and it’s also known as Fan Palm because of its fan-shaped leaves.

This one is another slow growing palm and it can reach a maximum of 7ft indoors.

Just like the other types of palm trees mentioned above, this one do not require any special care.

8. Ponytail Palm (Beaucarnea recurvata)

Here’s a palm tree that looks a bit different from the ones mentioned above.

The Ponytail Palm has a swollen trunk that functions as a water reservoir, which makes this palm be very drought-tolerant.

Tip: If its leaves are turning yellow, you should probably take a break before watering it again.


If you want something more than a houseplant that is easy to take care of and changes in an instant the look of your room, an indoor palm plant will be perfect for you.

If you give it your attention whenever you can and if you try to offer it the right conditions for the species, you will have the perfect room decor that will bring into your house a sense of the tropics without any effort.

About the Author - Denis Sgarbura

Hello. I’m Denis. My passion for growing plants started when I was around 10 or 11 years old. My grandpa loved to take care of roses. He had a breathtaking rose garden. I wanted one badly. So, I started my own. I was stoked when my roses showed signs of growth. It became a competition: my garden vs. his garden. He won every time, but I never gave up and did my best to make it extraordinary. I read everything there was to know about roses and how to grow them.


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