Because trees often outgrow neighboring plants, they often require lots of light. A few will grow in low light and even do quite well under these conditions. Low light plants can be placed about 5 feet from a light source, but they will not grow well in dim or dark locations. Most of the plants prefer locations where they are exposed to bright light.

Woman watering a indoor plant


Dracaena in hallway of home

Dracaena (Dracaena spp.) are members of the grass family that can reach up to 10 feet tall. Allow soil to dry out between waterings and adjust the amount of water to match the light level this plant receives. Place dracaenas in a location that is warm, with low humidity. Some of the best dracaena varieties to grow include the Janet Craig (Dracaena deremensis "Janet Craig"), Warnecki or striped (Dracaena deremensis "Warneckii") and the red-edged or dragon tree (Dracaena marginata).

Cast Iron Plant

Aspidistra in home office

The Aspidistra (Aspidistra elatior) is known as the cast-iron plant due its ability to withstand neglect and adverse conditions. Under the right conditions, it can reach up to 3 feet in height, with a 2-foot spread. Allow soil to dry between waterings. Aspidistra has large, straplike leaves.

Alii Ficus

Dining room with ficus tree

The Alii ficus can grow up to 10 feet tall and has long, narrow leaves. Its size and habit is very similar to that of the weeping fig. Allow the soil to dry out before watering. Be careful when fertilizing with boron because these plants are boron-sensitive.

Chinese Evergreen

Chinese evergreen leaves

The Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema spp) has oval-shaped variegated leaves. It can grow between 2 to 2 1/2 feet tall, depending on the species. They are slow-growing. Keep the soil barely moist and allow to dry between waterings. It is a very tolerant plant but does best in areas with shadow-less light, such as a room with a northern exposure.

Kentia Palm

Kentia Palm on floor of home

The Kentia palm (Howea forsterana) has deep-green, fan-like leaves that can grow as large as 9 feet long. It the wild, it can reach heights of 48 feet but is slow growing. Keep the soil moderately moist but don't overwater.

Parlor Palm

Parlor Palm trees in living room

The parlor palm (Chamaedorea elegans) can grow up to 4 feet tall with a 2-foot spread. Keep the soil moderately moist and fertilize often. Place in a location that has plenty of humidity. It is also known as the Neanthe bella palm.