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How To Choose A Faux Tree

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Faux trees are the best of two worlds. You get the lush look of the outdoors inside for a soothing and natural interior. However, you don't have to worry about keeping the tree alive.  You don't have the added cost of water and fertilizer, and you don't have to find someone to water the plant when you travel.

But faux trees come in a wide variety of styles, and it can be hard to tell which one is right for you. Below we'll cover the main types of faux trees, the sizes and the planters that can go with them, and when you should select each.

How to Choose from the Types of Faux Trees?

Faux trees are made to mimic a real tree and the specific aesthetic it imparts. Below are the main types of faux trees on the market.

Fig tree

This type of tree is known for its large leaves. Fig trees are popular in indoor spaces because of the lush texture they give the home. Choose this style if you're going for as much texture and greenery as possible.

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Ficus

These have a smaller leaf and a winding, multi-forked trunk. These are more understated due to their smaller leaves. Choose a ficus if you want to merely accent a space with greenery.

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Palm tree

This thin-leafed favorite is a must-have for casual or tropical interior styles.

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Yucca

The yucca is another variety of tropical plant. It has thin green leaves that sit at the end of narrow trunks. This also looks great in casual and tropical homes.

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Blossoms

You can also find a variety of trees that mimic blossoms or flowering plants, such as a pear tree. Choose blossoming plants for romantic interior styles.

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Evergreens

You can also find a variety of evergreens, like cedar or pine. These look great in rustic cabin styles with a north woods feel.

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Coggygria

The Coggygria has small light green leaves at the end of twisting branches. This type of tree could work for a minimalistic style due to its understated look.

Fruit

It's common to see faux trees that have some type of fruit on them. Lemon trees are the most popular. For fun, artsy styles that make use of bright colors, choose a fruit tree like a lemon plant.

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Wisteria

The Wisteria has darker leaves that sit on a twisting, multipronged trunk. Often, purple flowers will hang down. A tree like this would look great in a romantic home style.

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Bamboo

Faux bamboo works well in Asian styles, like Japanese home designs or Zen styles.

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Dracaena

This type of plant has long, large and pointed leaves. It looks a bit like a fern, but the leaves are denser. Because of the stark geometry, you can use this in more modern styles.

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Bonsai

Like Bamboo, choose Bonsai trees for Asian interior styles or styles with many different world cultures included.

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What Size of Faux Tree Will Work with My Interior?

When it comes to choosing the size of your faux tree, you have two major types to work with. 

  • Floor sizes are meant to sit on their own off to the side of a room or along a walkway. They're typically around as tall or taller than a person. Floor size faux trees often sit around 60 inches high by 30 inches wide by 30 inches deep.

    Choose this style if you're looking for a large accent in a room and want to get the most foliage. Multiple floor sizes can also help you achieve the most natural look possible if you're really trying to bring the outdoors inside visually.

  • You can also find tabletop models that give more of a subtle natural accent. These are meant to sit on desks, shelves and end tables. These are often only around 23 inches high by 4 inches wide by 4 inches deep.

What Types of Planters Go with Different Faux Trees?

Another consideration is the planter faux trees come in, as that influences the overall look of the piece. A few of the major planter types include:

  • Wicker: Choose wicker for classic and natural styles that make use of texture.

  • Ceramic: The sleek texture of ceramic looks great in higher-end styles, transitional rooms or modern styles.

  • Plastic: Plastic planters are usually made to mirror the style of the plant itself, like a bonsai tree may have a square brown planter to mimic wood. More basic plastic styles can look good in casual rooms.

Hesistant about getting an artificial tree? Don't be! Many faux trees look so realistic these days, you'll barely be able to tell it's fake!