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A picture of a Australian Tree Fern

Australian Tree Fern

Sphaeropteris cooperi

Also known as

Cooper's Tree Fern, Lacy Tree Fern, Scaly Tree Fern, Cooper's Cyathea, Highland Lace, Straw Tree Fern

Starr 070621-7471 Sphaeropteris cooperi by Forest & Kim Starr (CC BY 3.0)

Partial Shade
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Tender

10b

USDA zone

2°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

4m

Max

4m

2.5m

Min

2.5m

50 years to reach maturity

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Australian Tree Fern Overview

This semi-evergreen tree fern from Australia is fast growing and can reach 5m when given the ideal conditions. Its slender stem is topped with a rosette of fronds that can get to 4m long. This plant prefers a moist but well-drained, humus-rich soil.

Common problems with Australian Tree Fern

Generally pest and disease free when grown outdoors.

    How to harvest Australian Tree Fern

    Generally not harvested.

    How to propagate Australian Tree Fern

    Spores

    Sow as soon as ripe.

    Special features of Australian Tree Fern

    Attractive leaves

    This plant produces large, attractive pinnately-divided fronds.

    Other uses of Australian Tree Fern

    Can be used in gardens to provide architectural interest.