A tree trend that’s through the roof, literally

Trees should stay outside, right? Not exactly. Indoor trees can reduce carbon dioxide levels, keep air temperatures down while increasing humidity, and reduce pollutants and airborne dust, so it’s no wonder the new tree trend is BIG.

Broome Hotel in New York
Broome Hotel in New York

Unlike previous years when the indoor green trend focused on bringing the “outdoors in” with multiple plants and pots, today the trend is about one oversized, bold statement. Yes, bigger is better if you are trying to achieve a hallmark space using a tree. And with many modern properties offering flexible space for restaurants, conferences and socializing, the timing is right to consider a larger than life statement.

Besides being visually impressive, a slightly overgrown, grazing-the-ceiling tree can convert a cold atmosphere to a space that’s warm and inviting whether it be a lobby, restaurant or bar. They are ideal for tranquility where guests can escape noisy locations for quiet conversations.

If you proceed, be sure to have a well-thought-out plan in place for maintenance, as the tree will need the TLC essentials of air, water, soil and sunlight.

Although personally, I am attempting to grow an indoor potted olive tree, following are five recommendations from the experts!

Fiddleleaf fig tree

One of the trendiest indoor trees, it’s popular due to its big leaves, beautiful shape and ease of care.

Grow: In medium to bright light; 65-75°F. Water when topsoil feels dry to the touch.

Size: Up to 15 feet tall and 5 feet wide

Dragon tree

Also called a Madagascar tree, this is a versatile tree and is one of the easiest to take care of. Your staff can angle and twist its branches as it grows.

Grow: In moderate to bright light. Avoid direct sunlight; 65-75°F. water when topsoil feels dry to the touch.

Size: up to 10 feet tall

Norfolk pine tree

This tree is a popular choice to decorate indoors during the holidays but can be enjoyed all year round.

Grow: In medium to bright light; 50-70°F. Keep soil moist but not soggy.

Size: Up to 10 feet tall

Lemon tree

Lemon trees serve two purposes: to supply beautiful fragrant blooms and to provide delicious lemons a majority of the year!

Grow: In moderate light; 55-85°F. Keep soil moist and well-drained.

Size: Up to 8 feet tall

Guinea Chestnut

Also known as the “money tree,” this is an easy tree to take care of. It loves lots of water and thrives in indirect light.

Grow: In moderate light; 55-85°F. Keep soil moist and well-drained.

Size: Up to 10 feet tall

Singapore's Marina Bay Sands Hotel
Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands Hotel