Dicksonia fibrosa

Dicksonia fibrosa

Tree fern

  • Botanical name: Dicksonia fibrosa
  • Common name: Tree fern
  • Family: Dicksoniaceae
  • Plant Type: Tree, Evergreen

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 fibrosa is similar to Dicksonia antarctica, only slightly smaller and has lighter coloured fronds. The plant’s trunk is formed from a thick mass of roots from which foliage appears in spring, unfurling from the centre to open into large, rich green fronds.


Grow Dicksonia fibrosa outside in in dappled or deep shade in neutral or slightly acidic soil. Keep the plant well watered in summer, and protect the crown in winter by wrapping it with straw or dead fronds. It can also be grown indoors as a conservatory plant. 

How to grow Dicksonia fibrosa

  • Plant size

    4m height

    4m spread

  • Aspect

    East facing, south facing, west facing

  • Sun exposure: Dappled shade, partial shade, full shade
  • Shade type: Damp
  • Hardiness: Half hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy / acidic

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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Do not Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Dicksonia fibrosa and wildlife

Dicksonia fibrosa has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Dicksonia fibrosa poisonous?

Dicksonia fibrosa has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

Plants that go well with Dicksonia fibrosa


Fatsia japonica

Japanese aralia