No maintenance required
Won’t tip over
Real wood branches
Needs decorative planter
We purchased the Mistana Leaf Floor Foliage Tree so our expert reviewer could put it to the test in her home. Keep reading for our full product review.
Fiddle-leaf fig trees line the interior of Insta-worthy homes, and while we can’t deny they look nice, they aren’t always the easiest to care for. Real fiddle-leaf fig trees (Ficus lyrata) can be expensive, and spending upwards of $50 on a piece of decor that might die? No thanks. Instead, you might consider the plastic Mistana Leaf Floor Foliage Tree, available in several sizes. But does it pass for the real thing? We decorated our living room with the 6-foot version to see whether this would reverse our normally less-than-positive feelings on fake plants.
Design: Realistic and stylish
Out of the box, the tree required some minor arranging of the leaves. They were easy to arrange where we wanted them and tended to stay where we put them. After the initial setup and giving the tree time to settle, we were highly impressed by it. It gave our home the modern look you often see in highly curated homes. Because the tree is tall and fairly skinny, it was the perfect size to fill an empty corner of our home.
It arrives in a small, black planter that acts as a base to keep the tree upright. You can keep it as it is if you’d like, but we’d recommend finding a decorative planter that matches your decor.
Feel: Real wood branches
“Wait—is it real?” my husband asked when he noticed the trunk. The trunk is made of real wood, which lends an air of authenticity to the plant. The rest of the Mistana Leaf Floor Foliage Tree is artificial and made with plastic leaves. They are thinner and less rubbery than real leaves (they let more light through each leaf, which contributes to a feeling of “fakeness”), but even so, we think that unless you are taking a close look, it’s hard to immediately pinpoint the tree as faux.
The base is filled with concrete (which is painted black), and the branches of the tree are secured within that. This makes the base heavy, which is a positive because it makes the plant feel sturdy. We have no worries about it tipping over. Because it’s bottom-heavy, it can be awkward to set up and move the tree, but once it’s settled, it’ll stay where you put it. For reference, our total tree weight is 16 pounds.
Price: As much as a real tree
The 6-foot tree we tested sells for around $155. As expected, shorter versions are less expensive, starting at $108 for a 4-foot version. The tallest tree, at 7 feet, goes for about $200. To put that in perspective, a real tree of this type and size would easily cost more—and if it doesn’t thrive in your home, you’re stuck with a couple hundred dollar stump.
We have seen similar fake trees that cost less than this one, but we feel those options look less attractive. For that reason, we think spending a little more is worth it, especially when you consider that it’s a problem-free tree you could keep “alive” in your home for years and years.
Mistana Leaf Floor Foliage Tree in Pot vs. A Live Fiddle Leaf Fig
The real test is how similar the Mistana Leaf Floor Foliage Tree is to an actual, real live plant. We picked up a small fiddle-leaf fig tree from our local store to compare. It’s hard to find a nearly 7-foot fiddle-leaf fig tree at an affordable price, let alone find a place that even stocks them. So in this category, the artificial tree wins for being easy to find and buy online. Because the real tree we purchased was only a few feet tall, we weren’t able to compare the trunk and branches. The leaves, however, were almost identical in size. In a side-by-side comparison, we noticed that the real leaves were a deeper green with less obvious vein lines, but even with this difference, we found we liked the fake leaves just as much as the real thing.
And then the most obvious difference: The faux tree requires no maintenance. This is a big win, especially if you would like to go on vacation without hiring someone to watch your plants. The Mistana tree lets you decorate your home, worry-free.
One overlooked difference is that real fiddle-leaf fig trees can be toxic to pets and children if the leaves are ingested. With a fake tree, there’s no worry about accidentally harming your loved ones.
- Product Name Leaf Floor Foliage Tree in Pot
- Product Brand Mistana
- MPN MTNA4442
- Price $108.99
- Weight 16 lbs.
- Product Dimensions 72 x 26 x 26 in.
- Size Options 48, 60, 71, and 84 in.