Tasmanian Tree Fern

Dicksonia antarctica

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A lovely fern having dark green fronds with a fine lacy texture. A dark brown trunk holds a spreading crown of feathery, arching fronds 5 to 7 feet long. Beautiful accent for a tropical effect. Partial to full shade. Slow-growing to 15 feet high, its crown to 12 feet across. Spore grown. Non-hardy.
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9 - 11

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Full shade, Partial shade

Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.

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Botanical Pronunciationdik-SO-ni-a ant-ARK-tik-a
Average Size at MaturitySlow growing; reaches 15 ft. tall, 12 ft. wide.
Bloom TimePrized for foliage.
Design IdeasPerfect Fern for bringing down high walls in enclosed gardens, atriums and walled courtyards. Place against a vertical surface to encourage bending or let it stand alone as a centerpiece. Most attractive when grouped into a Fern dell, which is refreshing in hot climates. Keep away from hot or persistent winds.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleTropical
Growth HabitArching
Growth RateSlow
Landscape UseContainer, Houseplant, Specimen, Woodland Garden
Light NeedsFull shade, Partial shade
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureEasy Care, Shade Loving, Year-round Interest
Water NeedsHigh
Watering NeedsWater regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
Key FeatureStunning Tropical Specimen

Thrives in humus-rich, well-drained soil with warm, humid shade or dappled shade. Apply mulch to keep the root zone cool and conserve moisture. Water regularly during first few growing seasons to establish root system; once established, tolerates periodic dry spells but prefers evenly moist soils. Feed lightly, periodically throughout the year.

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