Dicksonia antarctica

Soft tree fern

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Plant type

Deciduous tree


Dramatic foliage



Skill level


Dicksonia antarctica
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Plant details

Tree ferns, Dicksonia, are becoming more and more popular. Native to Australia, they are some of the oldest plants in the world and make a dramatic statement in the garden.

Dicksonia antarctica is one of the hardier tree ferns. Its thick mass of roots form a trunk, from which large, long, filigree-like fronds appear. It works well when combined wth ferns and other woodland plants, or in an exotic planting scheme.

For best results grow Dicksonia antarctica in partial to full shade in moist soil. In winter protect the crown by wrapping it up with straw, horticultural fleece or even dead fronds. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Dicksoniaceae

Genus: Dicksonia

Species: antarctica

Plant type: Deciduous tree

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Partial shade, Shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic

Hardiness: Tender

Skill level: Experienced

Reader reviews


3rd year i have had mine and yes mine go brown and die, it's the centre you need to protect, new throngs will start to raise from the crown.


Did as the article suggested to protect from winter frosts. However noticed that the old fronds have gone black. Is this normal or is this a more ominous sign that the plant has been killed by frost?


how do i get throngs large at the moment they are about foot long


I bought a tree fern in May this year at the moment it is still in the pot. When is the best time to plant it in the garden and what is the best position?

Maureen Sheron

My tree fern is well over 10 years old and has had lush long fronds every year but last year the fronds were very small, couple of feet if that. Has anyone got any ideas why??

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