Tree Fern

Dicksonia antarctica

Tree Fern - Dicksonia antarctica

Common Name: Tree Fern
Genus: Dicksonia
Species: antarctica

Category: Trees
Growth Rate: Slow growing
Features: Has interesting foliage, A good architectural plant

Hardiness: Half-HardyHeight: 6.00 m (600 cm)
Sun/Shade: Partial shade or Deep shadeSpread: 4.00 m (400 cm)

Foliage Type: Semi Evergreen
Foliage Colour: Green

Soil Type: Normal/Loam
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

Soil: humus-rich neutral to acid soil

An unusual tree-like fern with a thick mass of roots that form a large trunk generated over many years, with up to 3m (10ft) long filigree-like fronds. These impressive tree ferns are one of the oldest plants in the world and add a touch drama to any garden. They are native to Australia and Tasmania and since they are very slow growing can take 10 years to grow only 30cm of trunk. Try them in a semi-shaded spot among ferns and woodland plants as part of an exotic scheme or beside water. They are hardy to -10 degrees C although the foliage may die back at -2 degrees C. They will happily grow in any soil as long as the trunk is kept moist.

Garden care: As these plants absorb their nutrients through the trunk water and feed by spraying the whole stem and crown. Protect the crown in winter by removing the fronds after the first frost rolling them up into balls and gently pushing them into the crown where the new fronds will emerge. Alternatively place straw in the top of the trunk. Remove the protection again in spring as the new growth begins.

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Tree Fern - Dicksonia squarrosa

Tree Fern
Dicksonia squarrosa