12 Types of Tropical Leaves to Bring Paradise Into Your Home

types of Tropical leaves

Close your eyes. Take a deep breath. Imagine yourself on a private island.

The wind is blowing in your hair, the white sand is tickling your toes, and your day’s agenda consists only of naps on the hammock and sipping fruity cocktails with palm trees swinging gently in the backdrop.


Since we can’t always be transported to a tropical island, why not bring paradise to you? Tropical leaves are the perfect way to transform your home into an island oasis and there are plenty of ways to do it! Ferns, rubber fig trees and areca palms make the perfect houseplants. You can also feature their leaves as framed wall prints, trendy wallpaper, or as fabric prints like on throw pillows or curtains.

It’s hard to choose just one type of tropical leaf, that’s why we created a visual guide to help you determine your favorite types. Different types of leaves can be used for various types of tropical decor. Split leaf philodendrons, also known as Monstera leaves, have large fan like leaves with oval-shaped holes along central stem of the leaf and are perfect for displaying as a wall print. For your next outdoor party, use large banana leaves (a common backyard plant!) to line your tabletop to create an impressive tablescape. Fan palms, with their wide leaf size and fun geometric pattern, are perfect for hanging up on a wall to create an instant backdrop that will bring any party to life.

In this visual we’ve featured the most common types of tropical leaves to decorate your home with including:

  • Split Leaf Philodendron
  • Banana Leaf
  • Areca Palm
  • Fancy-leafed caladium
  • Bird of Paradise Leaf
  • Fan Palm
  • Royal Fern
  • Chinese Evergreens
  • Dwarf Schefflera
  • Plumeria Leaf
  • Rubber Fig Tree Leaf
  • Japanese Aralia

tropical leaves infographic


No matter how you choose to feature these stunning tropical leaves in your home, there’s no doubt that you’ll be able to transform your living room into a mini island resort. For more tropical home decor ideas, our tropical and exotic flower arrangements will be sure to get those creative juices flowing. The next time you relax on your couch, you’ll be able to transport yourself back to that swinging hammock on the beach with the breeze blowing in your hair.

To add even more of an island flair to your decor, we created the fun wall print for all the plant ladies out there. If you’re as crazy about plants as we are, you’ll love the message we’ve featured in our free printable below. Style this 8 ½  x 11 print in a frame and you’ll instantly have a touch of the tropics ready to hang on your wall.

plant lady art print




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