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Dicksonia antarctica

Woolly tree fern

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Features

  • Height8m to 14m
  • Spread3m to 4m
  • Growth HabitUpright palm-like
  • Leaf ColourPale green
  • AwardsRHS Garden Merit

Description

Dicksonia antarctica (Woolly tree fern). Native to southeastern Australia and the giant of its genus. Can grow to 14m with a trunk diameter of 1.8m in the wild. Leaves are lacy, dark green fronds to 2.5cm long. In cultivation though, it rarely exceeds 3m in height. Its erect trunk is densely covered with fibrous roots and is an excellent host for epiphytic orchids and other ferns. This is a tree fern that can be grown in a container.

Characteristics

Evergreen, Fern

Other common names

Soft tree fern

Origin

Australia

Interest and use

Containers

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Needs

  • LightPart shade or Shade
  • HardinessFrost hardy (min -5°C)
  • SoilHeavy, Light, Medium, Peaty
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

They are half hardy to frost tender, min 5C, and will need semi-shade with humus-rich, moist soil. You will need to remove the fading fronds regularly.

Propagation

Propagate from spores in summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Scale insects

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