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The Ultimate Guide to Faux Fiddle Leaf Fig Trees

The Ultimate Guide to Faux Fiddle Leaf Fig Trees

Around here, we’re obviously huge fans of real fiddle leaf figs. But we admit it, they can be a lot of work! Sometimes you want the look of a beautiful fiddle leaf fig but without all the watering, fertilizing, pruning, repotting, making sure it gets the perfect light, and so on. That’s when you need a good faux fiddle leaf fig!

Before you click away, we promise, faux houseplants have come a LONG way in the past few years, and there are plenty of lifelike faux fiddle leaf figs out there to choose from. So let’s take a look at what’s out there so you can find the best fake-us lyrata for your space! (We’re sorry, we couldn’t resist.)

Things to look for when shopping for faux fiddles:

UV resistance so your fake fiddle’s leaves don’t fade in the sun. (A lot of faux fiddles don’t like direct sunlight either!) If you aren’t planning to put your false fiddle outside or in direct sunlight, this might not be an issue.

Bendable leaves and branches. When you can manipulate the leaves and branches a little, you can create a much more dynamic, realistic look.

Leaf color variation (and shape, if you can find it!). On a real fiddle, the leaves are not all the same! Variation in shape, size, and color will make your faux fiddle look much more realistic. Cheaper, lower-quality faux fiddles will have identical leaves that don’t even look close to lifelike.

Imperfect stem/trunk. Fiddle leaf fig trunks aren’t perfectly smooth or straight, so look for a faux fiddle with a realistic wood texture (or better yet: actual wood!) and that’s a little crooked. This is one of those details that really matters!

Top-Rated Faux Fiddle Leaf Fig Trees

We scoured the internet for the best faux fiddle leaf figs out there, and here’s what we found!

World Market

This gorgeous 6-foot tree was the highest-rated faux fiddle leaf fig we found!

Buyers rave about the realistic wood texture of the trunk, varied leaves, fully posable branches, and the perfect (but not too perfect) lollipop shape. Much of this tree is handcrafted, so the shape of the trunk varies from tree to tree, just like actual fiddles!

This fake fiddle looks beautiful in a basket or decorative container. The weighted base is sturdy and fairly small, so your options for containers are numerous!

The price is also very reasonable compared to some of the other faux fiddles we found (and when compared to a real fiddle of this size!).

Amazon Nearly Natural

This 6-foot tree is also rated very highly, and it’s perfect if you prefer a “bushier” look for your fiddles. This tree is made up of several trunks and sports an impressive 270 leaves!

If anything, this tree is a little TOO bushy. Many reviewers said they removed some leaves to make it more realistic, but it’s nice to have that option. You can do a little pruning for your desired look, or leave your faux fiddle super full.

The leaves on this tree vary in color and size, and the branches are pliable so you can shape your tree to your liking.

The weighted base is quite small, so you can fit it in all kinds of decorative containers and baskets. But the “soil” is plastic and very obviously fake, so you may want to cover it with some moss if the base is visible.

There are reports of the leaves coming off easily, so be careful when fluffing and shaping the tree.

Pottery Barn

If you’re looking for a funkier-looking tree with a lot of personality, give this one a try! 

This tree comes in two sizes: 5.4 feet and 6.9 feet. It’s much sparser than the other trees on this list, but there’s a lot more shape to the branching and the leaves themselves look very realistic. 

This tree is on the pricier side, but it is gorgeous and an unusual shape for a faux fiddle. 

West Elm

This beautiful 5-footer is also a great choice if you like your fiddles a little on the lankier side. The leaves are beautifully varied, slightly smaller and lighter at the top than on the bottom, just like a real fiddle!

You’ll find a little more veining on these leaves than many of the other trees on this list, which looks great in the right light but can look a little too forced for some people. The branches are fully bendable, so you can arrange this tree however you want. 

Wayfair

Here’s another great option for those who love the bushy, multi-trunk look! This 5.5-foot tree has great leaf color variation, though the leaves are a little smaller than some of the other fiddles on this list. It also comes in a basket with Spanish moss, so it’s ready to place anywhere in your home.

The plastic trunk isn’t quite as realistic as some of the others, but this tree has beautiful shape and color and is a great way to fill out a bare corner.

Try a faux fiddle leaf fig!

Living fiddles aren’t for everyone. They require a lot of maintenance, are toxic to pets, can be messy, and have to be maintained to stay alive and not outgrow their space! If you love the look of fiddles (and who wouldn’t?) but don’t want the hassle, there are plenty of artificial options out there!

To learn more about fiddle leaf fig care, make sure to check out our Fiddle Leaf Fig Resource Center Facebook group as well as my book The Fiddle Leaf Fig Expert. You’ll be a pro in no time!

   
 
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