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Tree Fern

Dicksonia antarctica | Australian Tree Fern

Half-hardy Perennial

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Awarded an RHS Award of Garden Merit

Creates an extraordinary sight!

Adds drama to damp, shaded areas of the garden

Native to Australia, Dicksonia antarctica is hardy to around -5°C (23°F) and thrives in the relatively mild, wet climate of the UK.

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The Australian Tree Fern makes an extraordinary sight! Long, finely cut fronds of up to 1.5m (5’) unfurl from the crown in a truly magnificent display that adds drama to damp, shaded areas of the garden. Native to Australia, Dicksonia antarctica is hardy to around -5°C (23°F) and thrives in the relatively mild, wet climate of the UK. This slow growing RHS AGM species forms only 3cm of trunk per year, taking many years to reach its ultimate height of around 4m. A truly exciting addition to a sheltered garden and perfect for woodland areas and exotic borders. Supplied in 2 litre pot or as a 90cm (3ft) trunk. Height and spread: 4m (13’).

Height Up to 400cm (158in)
Spread Up to 400cm (157in)

Half-hardy Perennial

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2 tree fern plants in 2 litre pots (55575)
1 tree fern with 15cm trunk (56458)
2 tree ferns with 15cm trunk (56459)
1 tree fern 90cm trunk (59766)
1 tree fern plant in 2 litre pot (55574)

Plant Dicksonia antarctica plants in reliably moist, rich fertile, preferably acid soil. Choose a damp sheltered position in dappled or semi shade. A woodland situation is ideal. Alternatively, plant Tree Ferns in containers of humus rich soil that can be moved outdoors in summer and returned to a greenhouse or conservatory over winter.

Tree Ferns originate from the humid forests of Australia where they enjoy high levels of rainfall. When growing Tree Ferns it is recommended that the entire crown and stem be sprayed with water regularly, even after establishment. A liquid fertiliser can be applied in the same way from the second year after planting. During hot weather the trunk should be watered daily to maintain adequate moisture levels.

Dicksonia antarctica is hardy to -5C (23F). To protect it from particularly cold winter weather, pack the crown with straw in late autumn before tying up the fronds and wrapping the entire plant and stem with horticultural fleece. Unwrap it once or twice throughout winter to turn the straw and discourage mould.

Seeds and garden supplies will normally be delivered within the time period stated against each product as detailed above. Plants, bulbs, corms, tubers, shrubs, trees, potatoes, etc. are delivered at the appropriate time for planting or potting on. Delivery times will be stated on the product page above, or in your order acknowledgement page and email.

Orders for packets of seed incur a delivery charge of £2.99.

Orders which include any other products will incur a delivery charge of £4.99.

Where an order includes both packets of seeds and other products, a maximum delivery charge of £6.99 will apply - regardless of the number of items ordered.

Large items may incur a higher delivery charge - this will be displayed in your shopping basket.

Please see our Delivery page for further details, and more information on different charges that may apply to certain destinations.

For more information on how we send your plants please visit our Helpful Guide on plant sizes.

Van Meuwen strives to ensure that all its plants are delivered to you in the perfect condition for planting. Sadly, the time it takes to deliver to certain locations in the UK means that we can't guarantee this, so regretfully we are unable to ship live plants to the following areas: HS, IV41-IV49, IV51, IV55-56, KW15-KW17, PA34, PA41-48, PA60-PA78, PA80, PH40-PH44, TR21-TR24, ZE1-ZE3

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