Best tall indoor plants – 10 statement plants, chosen by houseplant experts

These tall houseplants will elevate your interior space with their shapely good looks

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Using tall indoor plants in your home can really help to create a feeling that you're bringing nature inside. Several big architectural plants can add real beauty and harmony to your space, as well as maximizing air purifying benefits. Choose the right ones and they will give your interior more of a designer feel, with all that leafy foliage helping to 'finish' a room.

There's more good news as lots of our favorite large indoor plants are easy to care for too. Remember to consider the size and light requirements of the plant before purchase as the bigger they are the more of an investment they tend to be, so you'll want to get it right.

Whether you like big tropical leaves, classic palms or masses of pretty tumbling foliage on elegant stems you're sure to find the best indoor plants for you with our expert guide.

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Sarah Wilson has been writing about gardens since 2015, covering everything from garden design to houseplant care. She has studied introductory garden and landscape design as well as floristry. When it comes to choosing indoor plants she is a fan of ones with big statement leaves like fiddle leaf figs, Swiss cheese and rubber plants.

Go big with 10 of the best tall indoor plants

Tall indoor plants can give any room an instant jungle vibe, and are particularly useful for large rooms that need a bit of greenery. 'Adding tall houseplants to your home is our favorite way to make your rooms look bigger and more put together, says Lotte Berendsen, gardening expert at Plantin.

But with so many plants to choose from, how do you know which are the best tall houseplants for your home? These tried-and-tested favorites are all recommended by experts, so make sure you include one if you're decorating with plants

1. Rubber plant

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Easy on the eye and easy to care for, you can't go wrong with a rubber plant

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  • Also known as: Ficus elastica, Indian rubber plant
  • Height: up to 8 feet
  • Best for: living rooms
  • Care level: easy and low maintenance, ideal for beginners

Rubber plants never go out of fashion. If anything, they just seem to get more and more popular. Part of this is due to their easy going nature as they're one of the best low maintenance indoor plants, and the rest is down to their glossy good looks.

'Rubber plants are one of the best tall indoor plants,' says houseplant expert Richa Kedia of Simplifyplants. 'I love their large, glossy, dark green leaves. Provide them with the right conditions and they can grow up to 8 feet tall indoors, although they can be kept smaller with pruning if space is an issue.'

Variegated rubber plants ('Robusta') are also available, where the green leaves have attractive red, yellow and cream markings.

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2. Dragon tree

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The dragon tree is the very definition of easy indoor plant

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  • Also known as: dragon plant, dracaena marginata
  • Height: up to 4 feet
  • Best for: kitchens and bathrooms as it likes humidity
  • Care level: easy and low maintenance, ideal for beginners

With its loose pompom of fountain-like slender leaves atop an elegant stem the dragon tree creates an interesting architectural silhouette. Another plus is that although it prefers humidity it will thrive in most indoor spaces, which means it's one of the best indoor trees you can choose.

'Dracaena marginata is a popular choice for indoor plants due to its striking appearance and low-maintenance needs,' says horticultural expert Vladan Nikolic of 'It can tolerate extremely low light levels but for the best results place it in a bright spot with indirect light.'

Some varieties feature green leaves with dark red, pink or ivory striped leaves. 

You can shop dragon tree plants at The Sill

3. Weeping fig

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The weeping fig doesn't like being moved around once it's found its happy place

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  • Also known as: Ficus Benjamin, Benjamin fig, ficus tree
  • Height: up to 8 feet
  • Best for: corner of room as it needs space to accommodate its arching leaves
  • Care level: medium

With its slender arching branches covered in dark green or variegated wavy edged leaves the ornamental weeping fig is a classic indoor plant if you're looking to add height to a room. 

'Weeping figs are an elegant and graceful option for tall indoor plants,' says gardening expert Henna Bell from 'These tall, slender plants can reach heights of up to 8 feet and look best when placed in a bright, sunny spot.'

Weeping figs can be pruned to keep them contained if they start to get too close to the ceiling. It's also best to keep them in the same place as they don't like to be moved around.

Shop for weeping fig plants at Amazon.

4. Philodendron Jose Bueno

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Philodendron Jose Buono is one of the best tropical plants you can add to your home

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  • Height: up to 12 feet
  • Best for: kitchens with super tall ceilings
  • Care level: super easy

'My favorite tall plant is Philodendron Jose Buono,' says Diane Stirling, co-owner of Ladybirds plant nursery in Cotati, CA. 'It's a large leaf variegated Philodendron and can get massive. I have one in my collection that's now waist high and I got it as a three leaf plant a little under a year ago.'

Philodendron Jose Buono is super easy to grow and its variegation is also stable, which means it won't revert to solid green. The more light you give it the better the variegation. It's a super easy plant that doesn't need any special conditions but remember it will grow very tall.

As a house plant this specimen is easily managed with simple pruning and will add a note of tropical elegance to your home.

5. Swiss cheese plant

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These beauties are the houseplant of choice for many

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  • Also known as: Monstera delicious, Mexican breadfruit
  • Height: up to 10 feet
  • Best for: needs bright filtered light to develop holey leaves
  • Care level: easy

No article on tall indoor plants is complete without a mention of the iconic Swiss cheese plant. If you're looking for easy indoor plants to create a stunning display, make sure you include one or two of this popular variety.

'The houseplant Monstera deliciosa looks like a slice of the tropics right in your home,' says Erinn Witz, garden expert and co-founder of Seeds And Spades. 'If it’s in an ideal spot and gets proper care, it can grow up to 10 feet tall, and the leaves can be as wide as 18 inches. So it really does make a statement.'

It can easily be trained to grow up a mossy pole or allowed to wind round supports, and needs plenty of space to let its huge heart-shaped leaves flourish.

You can buy Monstera deliciosa from Easy Plant

6. Fiddle leaf fig

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One of everyone's favorite tall indoor plants is the fiddle leaf fig

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  • Also known as: Ficus lyrata, banjo fig
  • Height: up to 6 feet
  • Best for: the ultimate statement plant for your living room
  • Care level: medium

The stately fiddle leaf fig has become a hugely desirable indoor plant over the last few years due to its height and attractively shaped leaves. But it can be a little bit of a diva sometimes so you need to do your homework by finding out how to grow and care for fiddle leaf fig successfully.

'One large statement plant can really set off a room,' says Tom Knight, founder of 'I recommend fiddle leaf figs to anyone looking to bring a tall indoor plant into their home. The huge fiddle-shaped dark green leaves will reach an impressive height in just a few years.'

You must get the care needs right with this plant. It demands bright light and will even put up with some direct sun. It likes humidity and should be kept away from heaters in winter.

There is a wide range of different-sized fiddle leaf figs trees at The Sill, so you can buy one to suit your space and budget. 

7. Strelitzia

Bird of Paradise/Crane Flower/Strelitzia reginae

This South African native loves a warm, humid climate with plenty of bright but not direct light 

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  • Also known as: Bird of Paradise, crane flower
  • Height: up to 10 feet
  • Best for: sunroom or sunny living room
  • Care level: medium

This handsome variety is one of the best tropical indoor plants. The large, paddle-shaped leaves resemble those of a banana plant, but it's best known for the exotic orange bird-shaped flowers. It grows into a fantastic statement houseplant if you want the wow factor.

'Birds of paradise are an amazing indoor (yes, indoor!) plant, growing up to 10 feet tall,' says Florida based interior designer Shani Core. 'They look incredible in a corner and work in many different styles of rooms.' 

'We love a good bird of paradise because of its large leaf shape. It is the epitome of a tropical vibe,' agrees Mackenzie Fries, co-owner at The 'Make sure you have the brightest light possible for this plant to show off.'

Birds of paradise are straightforward to care for too. All they need is a spot that receives some full sun or very bright light and they will be one of your best indoor flowering plants

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8. Umbrella plant

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Umbrella plants are ideal for new plant parents

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  • Also known as: Schefflera arboricola, umbrella tree
  • Height: up to 10 feet
  • Best for: A location with lots of bright, indirect light, and a temperature between 60-70˚F 
  • Care level: easy, ideal for beginners

The umbrella plant is a tall, bushy indoor plant with large, glossy, dark green leaves that radiate out from a central stem, giving it the appearance of an umbrella. It can grow up to 10 feet tall, but it's easy to keep it smaller with pruning. 

'The Schefflera arboricola is one of my personal favorite indoor plants,' says Marty McCall, co-owner of Kuhn Flowers in Jacksonville, FL. 'When I'm looking at the tall indoor plants they have to be both easy to care for and add an element of décor to a room. The Schefflera arboricola is a great candidate for both.'

Add one to your space by shopping umbrella plants (Schefflera arboricola) at The Sill.

9. Snake plant

Sanseveria/snake plant

Another way to add additional height is by using taller planters 

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  • Also known as: Sansevieria, Saint George's sword, viper's bowstring hemp
  • Height: up to 4 feet
  • Best for: semi-shady spaces
  • Care level: easy, ideal for beginners

'The easiest tall indoor plant is the snake plant, or Sansevieria, which is known for its low maintenance and tolerance for low light and irregular watering,' says Laurice Constantine, founder of 'It can grow up to several feet tall and has amazing, vertical leaves that make it a great statement plant for any room.'

Tall linear snake plants can make a room look bigger by drawing attention upward and creating the illusion of vertical space. They also help to fill empty corners and create a more balanced appearance in a room.

You can shop snake plants at Walmart

10. Kentia palm

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Kentia palms can cope with a shady corner

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  • Also known as: thatch court palm, palm court palm, paradise palm
  • Height: up to 8 feet
  • Best for: stairs and hallway, shady corners
  • Care guide: easy and low maintenance, ideal for beginners

This handsome ornamental palm will add a graceful design element to your interior and is perfect for adding height to a shady corner as it's one of the best indoor low light plants. It can also be used as a floor plant as it doesn't mind drafts.

'My favourite tall indoor plant is the Kentia palm,' says James Mayo of bespoke indoor planting experts Exubia. 'It was a popular choice with Victorians due to its ability to withstand low light conditions. It was even featured in the parlour of the The Titanic.'

The Kentia palm has certainly withstood the test of time and continues to be a popular choice with interior designers. Not only is it tall and stunning but it’s also remarkably low maintenance.

Shop a wide range of Kentia palms at Amazon.

Once you've invested in your new plant, following a good care routine is essential to allow it to reach its full height potential. Making any of the common indoor plant mistakes can impact on its growth and leave you with a less-than-large specimen in your indoor garden. 

Sarah Wilson

Lifestyle journalist Sarah Wilson has been writing about flowers, plants, and garden design and trends since 2015. Having already studied introductory garden and landscape design as well as a course in floristry she is currently adding to her list of qualifications with an RHS Level 2 course in the Principles of Plant Growth and Development. In addition to and she's written for, Modern Gardens and Country Homes & Interiors magazines.