Slow-growing, award-winning Dicksonia antarctica (Soft Tree Fern) is a semi-evergreen tree with a very attractive terminal rosette of gracefully arching, deeply divided, glossy dark green fronds, up to 10 ft. long (3 m). Its stout trunk is covered with soft reddish-brown hairs. Evergreen in mild climates, Dicksonia antarctica is deciduous in colder areas. Incredibly easy to grow, it enjoys a strong architectural presence and makes a spectacular accent in gardens where winter hardy, and in containers.
- Winner of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society
- Grows with an upright habit up to 12-15 ft. tall (360-450 cm) and 8-12 ft. wide (240-360 cm).
- Easily grown in moist, humus-rich, well-drained soils in part shade to full shade. In hot, dry summers water the stem but avoid watering the crown in winter. Will grow without winter protection only in milder areas.
- Great for beds and borders, containers, Mediterranean gardens.
- No serious disease or pest issues.
- Propagate by sowing spores as soon as ripe.
- Native to Australia (Tasmania)