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Cyrtomium fortunei


Japanese Holly Fern

Unique bright green leaves and black stems

This semi-evergreen fern has broad, leathery fronds that resemble holly leaves. With its bright green leaves, distinct black stems and upright habit this variety looks stunning in a garden border.


It grows best in part or fully shaded spots and can be used in beds, borders, slopes, containers or as ground cover. Ideal for under planting trees or shrubs.


It loves any well-drained, moist soil. Water well until established and mulch in spring with garden compost or bark chippings.

This is a native to southern Japan, Korea and China.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Fern
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 100 cm - 150 cm
Plant width 45 cm - 60 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 80 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H3

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Loam, Chalk, Sand, Clay
Light exposure Part shade, Full shade
Soil drainage Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Patio container, Rock garden, Cottage garden, Informal garden, Coastal or drought resistant, City garden, Courtyard garden, Flower border and beds

Typically available

From April to September