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Thelypteris noveboracensis (New York Fern)

New York Fern, Tapering Fern, Dryopteris noveboracensis, Parathelypteris noveboracensis, Polypodium noveboracense, Thelypteris thelypterioides

Thelypteris noveboracensis,New York Fern, Tapering Fern, Dryopteris noveboracensis, Parathelypteris noveboracensis, Polypodium noveboracense, Shade plants, shade perennial, plants for shade
Thelypteris noveboracensis,New York Fern, Tapering Fern, Dryopteris noveboracensis, Parathelypteris noveboracensis, Polypodium noveboracense, Shade plants, shade perennial, plants for shade

Thelypteris noveboracensis (New York Fern) is a soft, deciduous fern with fine-textured, pinnate-pinnatifid, ellipitical and tapering, light yellow-green fronds, 8-25 in. long (20-62 cm). They feature approximately 20 pinnae (leaflets) that are deeply cut into smaller, oblong and rounded subleaflets. The fertile fronds are larger and more upright than the sterile fronds, and produce a few small, circular sori near the margins of the pinnae. This fern grows in clumps of three or more fronds along a dark brown, slightly scaly rhizome. This fern can multiply very quickly to form dense colonies. Native to eastern North America, New York Fern is well-suited for massing along streams and ponds in shade or filtered sun. It makes a good companion for spring ephemerals, covering the gaps they leave in the woodland garden.

  • Grows up to 1-2 ft. tall (30-60 cm) and 1-3 ft. wide (30-90 cm).
  • Performs best in part shade to full shade in humus-rich, moist, well-drained soils. Will spread less, but survive in dry conditions.
  • This plant is a great choice for shady beds and borders, cottage gardens, woodland gardens or containers.
  • No serious pest or disease problems. Deer resistant.
  • Remove faded fronds regularly and divide plants when crowded.
  • Propagate by rhizome division or spores.
  • Found throughout the eastern United States and Canada, from Louisiana to Newfoundland, but most concentrated within Appalachia and the Atlantic Northeast.

Requirements

Hardiness 3 - 8
Plant Type Ferns
Plant Family Thelypteridaceae
Genus Polypodium, Dryopteris
Common names New York Fern, Fern
Exposure Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 8" - 2'
(20cm - 60cm)
Spread 1' - 3'
(30cm - 90cm)
Spacing 24" - 36"
(60cm - 90cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New York, Maine, Delaware, Connecticut, Vermont, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Midwest, Southeast, Southwest, Northeast, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Oklahoma
Tolerance Full Shade, Deer, Wet Soil
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Dryopteris wallichiana Jurassic Gold (Alpine Wood Fern)
Dryopteris arguta (Coastal Wood Fern)
Dryopteris intermedia (Intermediate Wood Fern)
Dryopteris cristata (Crested Wood Fern)
Dryopteris marginalis (Marginal Wood Fern)
Dryopteris carthusiana (Spinulose Wood Fern)
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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.
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Requirements

Hardiness 3 - 8
Plant Type Ferns
Plant Family Thelypteridaceae
Genus Polypodium, Dryopteris
Common names New York Fern, Fern
Exposure Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 8" - 2'
(20cm - 60cm)
Spread 1' - 3'
(30cm - 90cm)
Spacing 24" - 36"
(60cm - 90cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New York, Maine, Delaware, Connecticut, Vermont, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Midwest, Southeast, Southwest, Northeast, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Oklahoma
Tolerance Full Shade, Deer, Wet Soil
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage
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