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 easy to take care of. So, here’s the good news! There are hundreds of types of palm trees you can choose from.

Yup, hundreds! And guess who put together a list of the most impressive types of palm trees? We did, so you won’t have to spend hours researching and choosing the one that fits you and your aesthetics best.

The Most Impressive Types of Palm Trees

1. Majesty Palm (Ravenea rivularis)


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Native to Madagascar, the Majesty Palm is suitable for both indoor and outdoor growing.

Even if it is not drought-tolerant, this majestic houseplant doesn’t require a lot of attention and can adapt and thrive in low light environments.

It also has an imposing presence and was the favorite royalty choice for decorative palm trees in the past.

2. Areca Palm (Chrysalidocarpus Lutescens)


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A list of the most impressive types of palm trees would be incomplete without the Areca palm.

Native from the island of Madagascar, the Areca palm is a popular indoor choice due to its fast growth rate – 6 to 10 inches per year.

It’s a bit needier, but the effort is more than worth it. So, if you just bought one, make sure it receives bright, indirect light. Full sun will scorch its leaves, and too much water will suffocate its roots.

3. Broadleaf Lady Palm (Rhapis excelsa)


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The Broadleaf Lady palm is a slow-growing houseplant native to China and Taiwan.

It is one of the most convenient options, as it can adapt to any kind light – from full sun to shade. Bright, indirect light is ideal for a healthy look, and its leaves will go darker when grown in a low light environment for a prolonged period.

4. Bird of Paradise(Strelitzia reginae)


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This palm tree gets its name after its gorgeous flowers that resemble the exotic bird of paradise.

It will look spectacular indoors, that’s for sure. However, it’s a fussy houseplant. It needs a sunny spot to flourish, and just like the most palms out there, it prefers moist soil, but not soggy, as it can easily suffer from root rot.

The Bird of Paradise also has a fast growth rate and will require fertilizer in its growing season.

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

5. Bamboo Palm (Chamaedorea seifrizii)


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Straight from the subtropical and tropical regions of the Americas, the Bamboo Palm is another well-known choice these days, as it’s appropriate for both indoor and outdoor growing.

Besides looking fantastic, this palm tree can also purify the air by removing harmful toxins such as formaldehyde.

It loves moist soil (not soggy!) and can adapt to almost any kind of environment. It’s best to place it in a spot with bright, indirect light.

Direct sunlight will scorch its leaves, while exposure to low light settings for a prolonged period will make it grow slower – and this palm is already a slow grower!

6. Parlor Palm (Chamaedorea elegans)


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The Parlor palm tree is the most known species from the Chamaedorea genus. Also known as Neanthe bella, it’s native to Mexico and Guatemala and has been around since Victorian times.

The Parlour palm is also a slow grower and can take about ten years to reach 4ft. So, if you want to buy a palm tree so bad, but don’t have enough space for it, the Parlour palm might be the answer!

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

7. Footstool Palm (Livistona rotundifolia)


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Originating from Southeast Asia and New Guinea, this houseplant is also known as Table palm or Fan palm.

Compared to the other types of palm trees, the Footstool palm is a bit smaller in size and can reach a maximum of 6ft indoors.

It’s also a slow-growing palm, but its shape and beauty make up for that. You’ll definitely enjoy watching it grow!

8. Ponytail Palm (Beaucarnea recurvata)


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Names can be deceiving from time to time. The Ponytail palm is actually a succulent native to eastern Mexico.

It’s also a slow-growing houseplant, and just like the most types of succulents out there, too much care will kill it. A sunny spot, well-draining soil, and not so much water will do the trick. Make sure to let the soil dry out before watering it again.

Tip: If your Ponytail Palm’s leaves are turning yellow, you are probably overwatering it.

Don’t forget to also check out our article on the best indoor trees. There you’ll find a list of 30 of our favorite picks and instructions on how to care for them.


There you have it, our list of the most impressive types of palm trees. We’ll add more options to this list, so stay tuned!

In the meantime, let us know what’s your favorite palm tree or share your experience growing them in the comment section below.

Happy gardening!

Denis Sgarbura - Retired Contributor
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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