Tasmanian Tree Fern (Dicksonia antartica)


This hardy and rather slowing tree fern, known commonly as the Soft Tree Fern, Man Fern or Tasmanian Tree Fern is an evergreen tree fern native to parts of Australia, namely New South Wales, Tasmania, and Victoria.

Hardy to 20 degrees Fahrenheit, this is the most cold hardy of all of the tree ferns. Characterized by a fuzzy red and rather thick trunk that reaches eventually heights of 15 feet. 3-6 foot long fronds arch outwardly from the top of the stem. Best performance in coastal areas where humidity aids in its growth.Shade to part shade to full sun exposure. Frequent summer watering is necessary.

I have seen this grown quite successfully in protected areas in the Seattle metro area as well in Vancouver, B.C. It offers a great texture and drama to the landscape. Success in containers as well.

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  1. We have one growing in a large ceramic pot in our backyard… But we’ll obviously have to transplant it soon, as we were not aware that it can grow to 15 feet! It’s about 5 feet in diameter now…

    They do very well here in Southern California (if watered properly), since we rarely get near freezing. Ours is next to the north side of the house, so it really never sees direct sunlight.

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