Houseplants add color, texture and air cleaner properties to any space. Large rooms, walkways and areas with cathedral ceilings can be enhanced by a small indoor tree. These trees are grown indoors because they adapt to most lighting conditions while flourishing in the protected indoor environment.
Bamboo palm, Chamaedorea erumpens, is one of the smaller forms of palm. However, bamboo palms still grow between 4 and 12 feet tall. According to University of Minnesota Extension, the bamboo palm will grow in low light and warm temperatures. However, if given brighter conditions, it will grow several feet taller. In addition to height, the bamboo palm offers spiral green foliage and periodical white blooms. This member of the palm family is native to Central America and is often used as a houseplant or a landscaping plant in warm climates where it will be sheltered from wind or other weather conditions. There are other palm plants that can be used as tall indoor houseplants, including lady palm and reed palm. Like the bamboo palm, the lady palm and reed palm both tolerate low lighting conditions.
Rubber plant, Ficus elastica, is a popular houseplant that ranges in size from 6 to 10 feet, depending on space. According to Clemson University Extension, rubber plants will surpass 10 feet if given adequate space. These trees are commonly used for their large glossy leaves, which range from dark green to maroon or yellow and green variegated. Some varieties feature pink, white or gold markings. Rubber plants prefer bright lighting conditions and well-drained soil. This plant needs to be watered thoroughly to ensure that the soil is damp throughout. However the soil should be allowed to dry out between watering. Ficus also features other species that grow tall in an indoor environment. Specifically the weeping fig is commonly used indoors. However the weeping fig has smaller leaves that it sheds frequently.
Dragon tree, Dracaena marginata, grows between 2 and 10 feet, depending on lighting. These tropical plants prefer indirect but bright light, such as the light found near a sunny window but not directly in front of it. However dragon trees are popular because they will adapt to a variety of lighting conditions. In addition, these small trees feature thin stems and arching leaves that often feature dark green or purple margins. These plants need well-drained soil and occasional misting during the winter months. Dracaena also boasts another common tall houseplant, the corn plant. Corn plants feature glossy green arching leaves that grow 4 to 5 feet tall.