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Dicksonia antarctica


Soft tree fern, Australian tree fern

Architectural feature for sheltered gardens

A spectacular fern that forms a thick mass of roots and developing a tree-like trunk over time. Its luxurious fronds can be up to 3m long on mature specimens. These ancient plants add a touch of the exotic to any garden.


It is best to grow them in a sheltered, semi-shaded spot, among other ferns and woodland plants. They also grow well in large containers.


A fertile, rich, moist soil is ideal, with regular watering and misting of the trunk in hot weather. Wrap the trunk and crown in an insulating fleece to protect the growing point during winter.  

This tree fern is native to Tasmania, Australia and will grow in a sunnier spot if kept moist with regular watering

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
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 250 cm - 400 cm
Plant width 250 cm - 400 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Medicinal No
Hardiness zone (?) H3

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Sand, Loam
Light exposure Part shade, Full shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Moist
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 Flower border and beds, Patio container

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Dicksonia antarctica (10 litre pot) £54.99 Check Stock

Typically available

From April to September