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Dover, Delaware
Aug 21, 2017 10:43 AM CST
I have a large (10ft) indoor tree (I believe it is a money tree) that is only growing on one side. We have skylights in the facility, but again the tree is only growing on one side and the other is completely bear.

I am looking to replace the tree with a new one, but I need some advice as to what tree may work in the space and with low light. The space is approximately 100ft X 100ft open area with a planter in the middle (see attached pictures.
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Name: tarev
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Aug 21, 2017 12:56 PM CST
Hello svrushforth, what a lovely tree. That already is a good specimen you have for indoor growing. You can either prune the bare stem a bit or have you tried spritzing some water on the bare stems/ branches? I have noticed on one of my trees, though grown outdoors but in shade it was being reticent in leafing. I then realized it maybe due to our very dry area, so aside from getting watering at root zone, I am spritzing the entire stem too. It helped a lot, the nodes finally seem to wake up and started leafing too.
Name: Will Creed
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Aug 22, 2017 2:23 PM CST
It is hard to tell from the photos, but your tree may be a Ficus 'alli.'

It is also hard to determine just how much light it gets from the skylights. The key to even growth is regular pruning, which should be proactive rather than waiting until it looks obvious that pruning is required.

Other good low light options with height include Dracaena 'Lisa' and Dracaena massangeana cane.
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