Goodbye, Fiddle Leaf Figs: This Is the "It" Plant of 2021

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Look closely at any living room, bedroom or entryway you've double-tapped on Instagram or pinned on Pinterest, and there's a good chance you'll find a fiddle leaf fig tree lurking somewhere in the background. They've been a designer obsession for years, adding greenery and height to the often-neglected corner of a room. And even though they have a reputation for being super finicky to maintain, it seemed like they'd never decline in popularity. Until now. Sorry, fiddle leaf, but you've been dethroned: Olive trees are all the rage now, at least among Etsy shoppers.

The brand recently released its 2021 home decor trends report, revealing that searches for olive trees have climbed 269 percent year over year. And, for those who aren't known for their green thumbs, you're not alone: Searches for faux olive trees are up 896 percent.

Their rising popularity makes sense, given that olive trees offer the same one-and-done decorating solution that fiddles do. Simply plop it in an awkward corner, and you've got a pop of color that draws your eye up and fills the space without cluttering it. The foliage is more of a muted, sage hue, and it's a little more feathery and delicate--ideal for modern, transitional or contemporary styles. It doesn't hurt that olive trees are known for symbolizing peace, wisdom and tranquility; things we're all searching for one year into a global pandemic.

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The one downside? Olive trees aren't necessarily easier to care for than fiddle leaf figs. These babies require full sun (at least six hours a day), so you'll need to position them close to a window that gets plenty of light. You should let the top inch of soil dry out between waterings, and look for a dwarf olive tree, if you don't want it bumping up against your ceiling over time. (Dwarf trees grow to about six feet tall, whereas the traditional olive trees reach ten.) Oh, and don't forget that you'll need to repot them as they grow.

If this sounds like a little too much work for you, we've got your back. These faux trees look every bit as impressive, and you'll never have to worry about watering.

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Candace Davison

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Candace Davison oversees PureWow's food and home content, as well as its franchises, like the PureWow100 review series and the Happy Kid Awards. She’s covered all things lifestyle...
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