Plant of the Week: Dicksonia antarctica | Landscape Architecture Blog

A fantastic feature in any Australian mid-century modern garden. Dicksonia antarctica is suited to the southeast Australian climate and has foliage and form that makes it a perfect feature specimen in a shaded courtyard. Thanks to “Landscape Architecture Blog” for this great information on this species!

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Position: Partial to full shade

Flowering period: N/A

Soil: Moist, well drained

Eventual Height: 10m

Eventual Spread: 6m

Hardiness: 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b, 11

Family: Dicksoniaceae

Dicksonia antarctica is a slow growing  (1cm to 10cm per year)large evergreen fern which forms a erect ‘trunk’. Its glossy dark green leaves are fronds, deeply divided (three times), roughly textured and are up to 3m long. Its trunk is formed of erect rhizomes, the decaying remains of earlier growth and fibrous matted roots. This fern produces one sorus per lobe and are found on the underside of fertile fronds. Its roots are fibrous and found down the length of the ‘trunk’ and provide anchorage to the soil.

Dicksonia antarctica, commonly known as Soft Tree Fern, Hardy Tree Fern, Australian Tree Fern or Tasmanian Tree Fern, is native to coastal regions of east Australia, including Tasmania. In its native habitat it grows on…

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