Five Trees That Make Great Roommates

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It goes without saying that, at Vic’s, we like trees. They’re kind of our thing. We like big trees, and little trees, and trees that bear fruit, and trees that don’t. We like evergreen trees, and trees that change color in the fall. We like trees that live outside, and even trees that live inside.

Yes, that’s right. Some trees thrive indoors. These, in particular, make decorating a breeze. Each bears beautiful leaves; they’re all easy to take care of, and will purify your air to boot. Beat the shorter-day blues with one of these leafy green beauties.

Schefflera

Commonly known as the umbrella tree, the Schefflera’s large, glossy leaves might just make you think you’ve been whisked away to the tropics. This plant needs medium to bright light, an ambient temperature of 60 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit, and soil that’s kept moist. When properly cared for, the Schefflera could grow up to eight feet tall and six feet wide.

Fiddle-leaf Fig

Hey, trends and trendy for a reason. The fiddle-leaf fig is a popular indoor tree pick, largely due to its large leaves and striking shape. This plant needs medium to bright light, and an ambient temperature of 65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Your tree will need watering when the topsoil feels dry to the touch. Take good care, and the fiddle-leaf fig may grow to be 15 feet tall and five feet wide.

Dracaena marginata

You may have heard of this referred to as a dragon tree. You don’t have to have a green thumb, or to have won any awards to keep houseplants. The dragon tree is tough, quite drought-tolerant, and colorful. It needs bright light, and loose, well-drained potting soil to survive. With intermittent watering — allow the soil to dry, but not completely the dracaena could grow up to 10 feet.

Rubber tree

The rubber tree (Hevea brasiliensis) is versatile, and loves living indoors. Trim it short as a shrub, or let its shiny, dark green leaves grow wild and stately in the corner. This plant needs medium to bright light, an ambient temperature of 60 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit, and to be watered when the soil feels dry to the touch.

Lemon tree

Your house will always smell of lemon! Enough said. This robust plant should summer outdoors, and come inside to thrive in the winter. It will either flower or bloom all year. The lemon tree needs moderate light, an ambient temperature between 55 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit, and soil that is kept most, but drained. Keep it happy, and it could grow up to eight feet tall.

Adopt a tree today.