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Soft Tree Fern

Dicksonia antarctica

Also known as

Australian Fern Tree, Woolly Tree Fern, Tasmanian Tree Fern, Woolly tree fern, Soft tree fern

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Full Shade
Advanced care
Moderate watering
Half-hardy

H3

RHS hardiness

-5°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

4m

Max

4m

2.5m

Min

2.5m

20 years to reach maturity

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The crown of a Dicksonia antarctica tree fern

Soft Tree Fern Overview

Dicksonia antarctica is a rhizomatous tree fern species that originates from sheltered forest habitats in tropical and temperate locations in Australia. It may be grown in regions that receive light frosts but will be damaged if exposed to temperatures below -5 degrees Celsius. Foliage is dramatic, pinnately divided, glossy and leathery in texture, measuring approximately 3m in length and these trees can reach a maximum height and width of 4m. Multiple species in this genus are cultivated, they make brilliant specimen trees and may be grown outside in frost-free locations. This plant is evergreen, however when grown in colder climates it is deciduous and thus loses its green foliage in the autumn and regrows new leaves in the spring.

Common problems with Soft Tree Fern

When grown outdoors, this species is generally pest and disease free. Prone to red spider mite when grown under glass.

How to propagate Soft Tree Fern

Spores

Sow spores as soon as they ripen.

Special features of Soft Tree Fern

Attractive leaves

Indoor plant

Other uses of Soft Tree Fern

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