Dicksonia antarctica

Dicksonia antarctica

Tree fern

Key Information

  • Botanical name: Dicksonia antarctica
  • Common name: Tree fern
  • Plant type: Tree
  • Evergreen/Deciduous: Evergreen

Height: 4m

Spread: 4m

Foliage colour:
  • Green
  • Features: Dramatic foliage

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Tree ferns, Dicksonia, are becoming more and more popular. Native to Australia and New Zealand, 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 with 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).

Position

  • Sun exposure: Dappled shade, Partial shade, Full shade
  • Shade type: Damp
  • Aspect: North facing, East facing, South facing, West facing
  • Position in border: Middle, Back
  • Hardiness: Tender
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy, Acidic

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

Care routine

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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

  • Effects: No toxic effects reported for this plant.

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