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Jurassic™ T-Rex Wood Fern

Dryopteris tokyoensis

Erect fronds ranging from dark to light green form a strikingly vertical clump for a bold and highly textural statement in a shaded garden. Especially handsome when grouped to frame a garden element or niche in architecture. Use to add height and dimension to a low border or brighten a woodland understory. Deciduous.
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Full shade, Partial shade

Keep soil moist, but not soggy.

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Botanical Pronunciationdrye-OPP-ter-iss toe-KEY-oh-en-sis
Average Size at MaturitySlow growing; reaches 24 to 36 in. tall and wide.
Bloom TimePrized for foliage.
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Contemporary, Rustic, Tropical
Growth RateSlow
Landscape UseBorder, Container
Light NeedsFull shade, Partial shade
Special FeatureEasy Care, Compact Form
Water NeedsHigh
Watering NeedsKeep soil moist, but not soggy.
Companion PlantsCoral Bells (Heuchera); Lenten Rose (Helleborus); Columbine (Aquilegia); Lungwort (Pulmonaria); Bleeding Heart (Dicentra)

Prefers moist, enriched, humusy soils; shelter from drying winter winds. Water deeply, regularly during the first growing season to establish root system; once established, water as needed to maintain evenly moist soil. Fertilize regularly during growing season. Cut back old fronds after new growth begins in spring.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 5-8

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