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Dryopteris dilatata (Broad buckler fern)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.9m
Max height
1.2m
Max spread
5-10 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Dryopteris dilatata

Other names

Broad buckler fern

Genus

Dryopteris Dryopteris

Species

D. dilatata - D. dilatata is a vigorous, deciduous to semi-evergreen fern bearing shuttlecock-like rosettes of erect to arching, broadly triangular or ovate, tripinnate, dark-green fronds with toothed segments. Frond stalks and mid-ribs are covered with prominent, dark brown scales.


Dryopteris dilatata is: Semi evergreen

Habit

Arching, Upright

Foliage

Dark-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

General care

Pruning

Remove dead or damaged fronds in spring.

Propagation methods

Division


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Where to grow

Dryopteris dilatata (Broad buckler fern) will reach a height of 0.9m and a spread of 1.2m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Cottage/Informal, Beds and borders, Low Maintenance, Underplanting, Wildflower, Foliage only

Cultivation

Easy to grow in most cool, moist, lightly shaded sites. Tolerates dry shade if water regularly and mulched well in the first year after planting.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Moisture-retentive

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Shade

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

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

Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Dryopteris dilatata

Other names

Broad buckler fern

Genus

Dryopteris Dryopteris

Species

D. dilatata - D. dilatata is a vigorous, deciduous to semi-evergreen fern bearing shuttlecock-like rosettes of erect to arching, broadly triangular or ovate, tripinnate, dark-green fronds with toothed segments. Frond stalks and mid-ribs are covered with prominent, dark brown scales.

Foliage

Semi evergreen

Habit

Arching, Upright


Colour

Foliage

Dark-green in All seasons

General care

Pruning

Remove dead or damaged fronds in spring.

Propagation methods

Division


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Dryopteris dilatata (Broad buckler fern) will reach a height of 0.9m and a spread of 1.2m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Cottage/Informal, Beds and borders, Low Maintenance, Underplanting, Wildflower, Foliage only

Cultivation

Easy to grow in most cool, moist, lightly shaded sites. Tolerates dry shade if water regularly and mulched well in the first year after planting.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Moisture-retentive

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Shade

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

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

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4

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