Dicksonia antarctica – Soft Tree Fern

This very tough tree fern is probably the best choice if you are looking for a reliable fern for a shady position in the garden. The graceful fronds are produced throughout the warmer months of the year once the plant gets fully established, a time when it is also surprisingly capable of withstanding dry spells. The fibrous trunk should be kept shaded while the plant is getting established and once the plant reaches full size the trunk can be used as a host for epiphytes such as orchids. The only maintenance required is the removal of dead and dying fronds once or twice a year and feeding with well rotted manure at the same time.

Scientific Name:Dicksonia antarctica
Common Name:Soft Tree Fern
Plant Type:Fern
Height:1.5 ~ 15 metres
Width:1 ~ 2 metre
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral
Soil Type:Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Potting mix, Poor soil
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Courtyard, Container growing
Climate Zone:Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate
Light:Light shade, Half shade, Heavy shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Spreading, Column-shaped
Soil Moisture:Moist moderate drainage, Boggy poorly drained
Frost Tolerance:Not frost tolerant
Plant Usage:Feature plant
Special Uses:Bog gardens



Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertiliser for native plants