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Dicksonia antarctica (Soft tree fern)

Intermediate
skill rating
2 hours care
per year
4m
Max height
4m
Max spread
20-50 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Dicksonia antarctica

Other names

Soft tree fern, Australian tree fern, Tasmanian tree fern, Woolly tree fern

Genus

Dicksonia Dicksonia

Species

D. antarctica - D. antarctica is an evergreen tree fern with a thick reddish-brown, fibrous, trunk-like stem topped with a rosette of long, arching, glossy, deeply divided, dark-green fronds.


Dicksonia antarctica is: Evergreen

Tree shape

Single stemmed palm, cycad or tree

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

Insignificant or absent in All seasons

Foliage

Dark-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

General care

Pruning

Remove dead or damaged fronds whenever necessary.

Propagation

If purchased as a 'potter log', plant log 10cm deep.

Propagation methods

Pot up sprouting plantlets, Stem segments


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Where to grow

Dicksonia antarctica (Soft tree fern) will reach a height of 4m and a spread of 4m after 20-50 years.

Suggested uses

Sub-Tropical, City, Architectural, Containers, Instant, Foliage only

Cultivation

In frost-free ares, grow outdoors in humus-rich, moist, but well-drained, neutral to acid soil in full or partial shade. Water the stem regularly in hot, dry summers. Avoid watering the crown in winter. Evergreen in mild areas only. In cold, wet, and frost-prone winters, protect the crown with a thick layer of straw.

Soil type

Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Shade

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4), Tender in frost (H3)

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Botanical name

Dicksonia antarctica

Other names

Soft tree fern, Australian tree fern, Tasmanian tree fern, Woolly tree fern

Genus

Dicksonia Dicksonia

Species

D. antarctica - D. antarctica is an evergreen tree fern with a thick reddish-brown, fibrous, trunk-like stem topped with a rosette of long, arching, glossy, deeply divided, dark-green fronds.

Native to

Tasmania

Foliage

Evergreen

Tree shape

Single stemmed palm, cycad or tree

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

Insignificant or absent in All seasons

Foliage

Dark-green in All seasons

General care

Pruning

Remove dead or damaged fronds whenever necessary.

Propagation

If purchased as a 'potter log', plant log 10cm deep.

Propagation methods

Pot up sprouting plantlets, Stem segments


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Dicksonia antarctica (Soft tree fern) will reach a height of 4m and a spread of 4m after 20-50 years.

Suggested uses

Sub-Tropical, City, Architectural, Containers, Instant, Foliage only

Cultivation

In frost-free ares, grow outdoors in humus-rich, moist, but well-drained, neutral to acid soil in full or partial shade. Water the stem regularly in hot, dry summers. Avoid watering the crown in winter. Evergreen in mild areas only. In cold, wet, and frost-prone winters, protect the crown with a thick layer of straw.

Soil type

Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Shade

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4), Tender in frost (H3)

USDA zones

Zone 11, Zone 10, Zone 9

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Tasmanian Tree Fern (08/09/2010)

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Fern garden

I have just bought a Dicksonia Antarctica and am planning a fern garden. the bottom of my garden is damp and cool, grass won't grow. I have just been to the cloud forest in Peru and was inspired by… read more

Is it dead

I have my tree ferns planted out in the garden. Although I covered it with fleece during the winter there have been no new fronds this year so far. Could these be considered as having died? read more

Do I cover crown from heat?

My new 9' Tree Fern planted in June had a flush of 5 large fronds in July. In the crown are many more ready to unfurl but they are splitting and giving out a black sap. At this height, if the weather… read more

Can i plant out yet

Hi, got a Dicksonia Antartica, its not in a pot, and i have stuffed the crown with straw. Should i plant it out now in December or leave it where it is at the mo, up the side of the house (see pic) read more

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