15 Exotic Dwarf Tree Like Houseplants for Homes

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Big does not always mean better, and these Dwarf Tree Like Houseplants proves it just right! Grow them indoors for a magnificent look!

If you like big trees but don’t have a proper place to grow them, then don’t let it dishearten you! We have some beautiful Dwarf Tree Like Houseplants on this list that will make your dreams of growing a tree, in a compact form, come true!

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Dwarf Tree Like Houseplants

1. Desert Rose


Botanical Name: Adenium obesum

This flowering succulent has a bulbous base that gives it a bonsai look from the very beginning. It requires a sunny window for producing large, tubular flowers.

2. Chinese Banyan

Botanical Name: Ficus microcarpa

It is a popular houseplant that gives an impression of a dwarf tree and offers dark-green leaves and a fat ginger-like trunk with aerial roots. It can grow up to 5-7 feet tall in bright, indirect light.

3. Crosby’s Red


Botanical Name: Crassula Ovata ‘Crosby’s Red’

Slightly similar to the regular jade, but it is more small and compact. The tree-like appearance makes it more attractive. Expose it to the sun for splendid hue to red on fleshy green leaves.

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4. Shield Aralia

Botanical Name: Polyscias scutellaria

This appealing shrub has a tree-like, thick woody stalk and round deep green leaves with a purple bottom. It can grow up to 3-5 feet tall.

5. Dwarf Jade Plant

Botanical Name: Portulacaria afra

This natural bonsai doesn’t belong to the crassula genus but has similar looks to the original jade plant with smaller foliage and compact growth.

6. Ladyfingers

Botanical Name: Crassula ovata ‘Ladyfingers’

This beautiful tree-like houseplant has cylindrical leaves like fingers with red tips. It can grow up to 2-3 feet tall.

7. Little Jade Tree


Botanical Name: Crassula ovata

As the name suggests, this compact and small variety can grow up to 12-16 inches tall with a tree-like appearance and oval-shaped green fleshy leaves adorned in red edges.

9. Dwarf Fiddle Leaf Fig

Botanical Name: Ficus lyrata ‘Bambino’

Bring a tropical feel indoors with this dwarf tree! It can only grow up to 2-3 feet tall in a vertical form with huge fiddle-shaped leaves.

10. Golden Gate Peperomia


Botanical Name: Peperomia obtusifolia ‘Golden Gate’

‘Golden Gate’ can grow up to 7-8 inches tall and features shiny, variegated leaves in a dense, bushy tree-like appearance.

11. Money Tree

Botanical Name: Pachira aquatica

This popular good luck houseplant with a braided trunk and lush green leaves is grown as a bonsai tree where it can reach a height up to 1-3 feet.

12. Dwarf Umbrella Tree

Botanical Name: Schefflera arboricola

This compact variety has small, ovate, deep green leaves. It can grow up to 3-4 feet tall and looks great in medium pots.

13. Toelken

Botanical Name: Tylecodon hallii ‘Toelken’

This dwarf shrub has a thick stem and branches that create a rounded crown. It can grow up to 1-3 feet tall. The yellow-green hairy leaves look spectacular on dark grey branches.

14. Ming Aralia


Botanical Name: Polyscias fruticosa

This tree-like specimen makes for a great houseplant with small variegated leaves on narrow branches. It also removes toxins and VOCs from indoor air.

15. Euphorbia Decaryi


Like all the euphorbias, this one is easy to grow as well. You can keep it on a tabletop or windowsill, where it can absorb filtered sunlight–the more the better. But when it comes to watering it’s always–the less the better, for this plant.

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