11 Types of Indoor Palm Trees with Pictures and Care Guides


Indoor Palms Collage

Palms are excellent indoor plants which add an exotic feel in any space. They come in a range of leaf types, sizes and growth habits.

Some palms like Kentia Palm (Howea fosteriana) have a cast-iron constitution as it easily adapts to indoor growing conditions.

Others like Parlour Palm (Chamaedorea elegans) are ideal for a bottle garden or terrarium due to their compact size.

Below is our list of the most popular palms that are ideal for growing indoors. Keep reading for the full list.

11 Most Popular Palms for Growing Indoors

1. Areca Palm (Dypsis lutescens)

Areca palm, Dypsis lutescens

Areca Palm also called Butterfly Palm or Golden Cane Palm is easy to care for which makes it one of the most popular indoor palms.

It bears yellowish cane-like stems and yellowish-green gracefully drooping leaflets which look like a butterfly hence the common name.

Butterfly Palm is slow growing and is an excellent stand alone plant for the large spaces. Read on how to grow and care for Areca Palm.

2. Bamboo Palm (Chamaedorea erumpens)

Bamboo Palm, Chamaedorea erumpens

Bamboo Palm is an easy houseplant to care for and a perfect focal point houseplant.

It bears deep green broad leaflets and tall yellowish reed-like stems which look like bamboo canes when mature.

This Palm has a high tolerance to shade and is ideal for the poorly-lit indoor spaces and is also a good air cleaner. Learn how to grow and care for Bamboo Palm.

3. Canary Island Date Palm (Phoenix canariensis)

Canary Island Date Palm, Phoenix canariensis

Canary Island Date Palm also called Pineapple Palm is the natural symbol of the Canary Islands.

This Palm bears pinnate leaves with numerous leaflets on a stiff and straight rachis.

The Palm is tolerant to soil variation and is moderately drought tolerant. It can grow in partial shade or full sun. Learn how to grow and care for Canary Island Date Palm.

4. Dwarf Coconut Palm (Syagrus weddelliana)

Dwarf Coconut Palm, Syagrus weddelliana

Dwarf Coconut Palm also called Weddell's Palm or Queen Palm is thought to be the most attractive of all the indoor palms.

However, it does not have the hardiness of the popular types and it is difficult to grow under room conditions.

It is closely related to the coconut palm though it is much smaller and more cold tolerant.

Queen Palm is a single trunked palm with a small stature and produces edible fruits that resemble and taste like coconuts. Read on how to grow and care for Dwarf Coconut Palm.

5. Fishtail Palm (Caryota mitis)

Fishtail Palm, Caryota mitis

Fishtail Palm also called Clustering Fishtail Palm gets its name from the shape of the leaflets which look like fish tails.

It bears lots of ragged-edged leaflets on arching fronds and clustered stems.

Fishtail Palm is an excellent focal point houseplant which clearly stands out in any space. Learn how to grow and care for Fishtail Palm.

6. Kentia Palm (Howea forsteriana)

Kentia Palm, Howea forsteriana

Kentia Palm also called Paradise Palm or Thatch Palm is easy to care for and is a favorite focal point houseplant on account of its high tolerance to shade, low humidity, infrequent watering and cool temperatures.

It bears feathery fronds which are divided into leaflets on either side of the midrib. The leaflets are soft and drooping. Kentia Palm bears thin, slender multi-trunks which are dark-green when young and turn brown as they age. Read on how to grow and care for Kentia Palm.

7. Lady Palm (Rhapis excelsa)

Lady Palm, Rhapis excelsa

Lady palm is a small-leaved palm with upright stems which produces fronds which are split into numerous fan-like segments radiating from a point at the base like a lady's fan hence the common name.

It grows in multi-stemmed clumps with glossy, evergreen leaves divided into broad, ribbed segments. The leaf segments are few in young plants and increase as the plant matures.

The leaf-edges are saw-toothed and occur on slender petioles. Lady palm is a good air cleaner. Learn how to grow and care for Lady Palm.

8. Parlour Palm (Chamaedorea elegans)

Parlour Palm, Chamaedorea elegans

Parlour Palm is a short palm suitable for small spaces, bottle garden or terrarium. It has a high tolerance to low light and artificial light.

Parlour Palm Produces a dense, deep green, feathery foliage on gracefully arching branches.

As it ages, it develops bamboo-like ridges along the trunk. This palm is also a good air cleaner. Read on how to grow and care for Parlour Palm.

9. Pygmy Date Palm (Phoenix roebelenii)

Pygmy Date Palm, Phoenix roebelenii

Pygmy Date Palm also called Dwarf Date Palm is a small sized slow-growing slender palm whose leaflets are very narrow, slightly drooping and grey-green in color.

The fronds develop off a stately central trunk. Pygmy Date Palm is highly resistant to pests, tolerant to a wide soil variation and is moderately drought tolerant.

It can grow in partial shade or in full sun. It is also a good air cleaner. Learn how to grow and care for Pygmy Date Palm.

10. Reed Palm (Chamaedorea seifrizii)

Reed Palm, Chamaedorea seifrizii

Reed Palm also known as Clustered-parlour-palm or Cane Palm is a graceful palm with densely clumping cane-like stems and feathery fronds. The leaflets are narrow and deep green in color.

It grows slowly and has a high tolerance to shade which makes it ideal for the poorly-lit spaces.

This palm is perfect as a stand alone houseplant for that exotic look required in any space. Read on how to grow and care for Reed Palm

11. Sentry Palm (Howea belmoreana)

Sentry Palm, Howea belmoreana

Sentry Palm also called Curly Palm is relatively slow-growing, eventually growing up to 3-4 ft under good indoor growing conditions.

It produces fronds which are divided on either side of midrib into leaflets which are soft and drooping. The stems are thin and slender, are dark-green when young and turn brown as they age.

Sentry Palm is easy to grow and is an ideal focal point houseplant. It has a high tolerance to shade, low humidity, infrequent watering and cool tempeartures. Learn how to grow and care for Sentry Palm.

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