Dicksonia youngiae

Dicksonia youngiae

Bristly tree fern

  • Botanical name: Dicksonia youngiae
  • Common name: Bristly tree fern
  • Family: Dicksoniaceae
  • Plant Type: Perennial, Deciduous
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Dicksonia youngiae is a tree fern native to the rainforests of Australia. Fast-growing, it bears several slender trunks, from which grow attractive, bristly fronds with a reddish tint.


Grow Dicksonia youngiae in moist, humus-rich soil in sun to partial shade. Hardy to -4°C, it will need winter protection or moving undercover in autumn. Alternatively, grow it indoors in a conservatory.

How to grow Dicksonia youngiae

  • Plant size

    4m height

    50cm spread

  • Aspect

    North facing, south facing, east facing, west facing

  • Position in border


  • Sun exposure: Partial shade
  • Hardiness: Frost hardy, half hardy
  • Soil type: Acidic / clay / heavy / moist

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do Plant in June

Do Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do not Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Dicksonia youngiae and wildlife

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

Is Dicksonia youngiae poisonous?

Dicksonia youngiae 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 youngiae

Adiantum pedatum

Adiantum pedatum

Five-fingered maidenhair fern