Dicksonia antarctica

60cm-24 inches trunk £249.99
available to order from late summer
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Buy Dicksonia antarctica tree fern: Dramatic, exotic-looking fern

  • Position: partial to full shade
  • Soil: humus-rich, neutral to acid soil
  • Rate of growth: slow-growing
  • Hardiness: half hardy (will need winter protection)

    A fantastic, tree-like fern with a thick mass of roots that form a trunk and large, up to 3m (10ft) long, filigree-like fronds. These impressive tree ferns are one of the oldest plants in the world and add a touch drama to any garden. They are native to Australia and Tasmania, and since they are slow growing, can take 10 years to grow only 30cm of trunk. Try them in a semi-shaded spot, among ferns and woodland plants, as part of an exotic scheme, or beside water. They are hardy to -10 degrees C, although the foliage may die back at -2 degrees C. They will happily grow in any soil as long as the trunk is kept moist.

    Plants may be dispatched without leaf fronds, however these will soon grow back.

    Please note as we have carefully potted up our tree ferns the size listed refers to the full length of trunk supplied and includes the height of the pot.

  • Garden care:As these plants absorb their nutrients through the trunk, water and feed by spraying the whole stem and crown. They are not fully hardy so will need protection in winter. In milder areas you can do this by gently stuffing a few handfuls of fallen leaves into the crown. In colder parts of the country pack the crown with straw before wrapping it with strips of frost fleece, or over-winter it in an unheated greenhouse. As the new growth starts to emerge in spring, the protection should be removed, and older fronds can be cut back.

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Beautiful tree, we are delighted with it.


Sits majestically in a shady corner of our garden. A real highlight. Survived its first winter here, well wrapped up and stuffed with straw!




I would buy another of these plants


I'm still getting to know this plant. I have had a an excellent summer with lots of growth and m waiting to see how it survives the winter. The deer have tried it but then left it alone!

Ann at the mill



Beautiful Specimen


Survived in a pot through the snow and wet winter and then the extremely hot Summer. Absolutely gorgeous fronds. Every garden should have one.

Mrs Embee



Survived a very cold Scottish winter unscathed


This fern has done well to live through our recent hard winter & snow. I wrapped it with paper to absorb water & a fleece & regularly changed the paper. Was so happy to see new fronds unfurl come spring! It's in a south facing garden, free draining soil but it gets shade for 1/3 of the day in summer & I keep the soil moist by under planting. I got the fern food to support it in its first year.

klinkin' katie

East Lothian


Dicksonia antarctica

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Hi, would the tree fern be happy in full sun? We live in London so it's not too warm but the garden is West facing. Happy to do some extra work like having the soil moist if needed.


I have seen these growing in full sun, however I would not recommend it, as their foliage nearly always gets scorched.


Hi there I was moving my large Tree Fern to a new pot and it fell unfortunately and 5 of the 8 fronds got broken off! Will it grow new fronds this year do you think? Any other ideas to help it recover? Thank you


Hello, As these plants tend to produce their fronds in one flush in late spring, I suspect that it any not produce any more fronds this year. Therefore the best thing you can do is to just make sure it is looked after well (lots of water and tree fern feed - see the link below) and it should be as good as new next year. http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.tree-fern/sort.0/


When should I feed my tree fern? I've removed the fleece and straw, water regularly and am waiting for new fronds to grow. The tree is situated in a sheltered, shady corner and grew beautifully last year. Thank you.


Hello, ideally these can be fed during the growing season from late spring to midsummer.


How long is the trunk on the tree fern you are advertising?


Hello, These currently have a stem of around 60cm (24 inches).

Hi,Can you please tell me how much water my tree ferns need in winter if i put them in an unheated greenhouse with straw and fleece for protection.Thank you.

mrs sylviebo.

Hello there If you are keeping it in a greenhouse you won't need to cover it with straw and fleece. I would put it in the greenhouse, and just keep an eye on it and making sure it doesn't dry out every 3-4 weeks. Hope this helps.

I have a tree fern about 5 years old it is only producing short ferns as it has grown to a small pointed area can ii take of and flatten top to give a wider area

Plant mad

Hello there It may be that your tree fern has been lacking in water or nutrients, so the crown has been shrinking. You can't cut the top off, but I would make sure that you water and feed it well by spraying the whole stem and crown, as this is where these plants absorb their nutrients. I have attached a link below to the tree fern feed. http://www.crocus.co.uk/product/_/tree-fern-feed/classid.2000020709/ Hope this helps

I received my Tree Fern by parcel post yesterday & have just unpacked it. ( beautifully packed ). I am not going to plant it for 4_5 days & am wondering if it was grown in the pot it arrived in or whether to expect an unrooted trunk? Please advise.


Hello there These Tree Ferns have come in from the supplier in pots but it is a trunk plunged into a pot. Hope this helps

I want to plant a jurassic border, in a south/west facing plot 7m by 2m with normal loamy soil. I'm a complete newbie so plants that can tolerate benign neglect would be best, what do you reccomend? I'd love a tree fern and understand it would need a bit of love in the winter to keep it warm :)


Hello, The Dicksonia will need some winter protection (please see the notes in 'Garden Care' on the plant page) and it is important that when watering, you drench the whole stem. There are some other great plants, which are worth considering too. These include... Sasa palmata http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/sasa-palmata/classid.1622/ (you will need to restrict its roots with a barrier) http://www.crocus.co.uk/product/_/bamboo-control-system/classid.2000019273/ Fatsia japonica http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/fatsia-japonica/classid.3840/ Crocosmia http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.crocosmia/sort.0/ Bergenia http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.bergenia/sort.0/ Cordyline http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.cordyline/sort.0/ Heuchera http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.heuchera/sort.0/ and Euphorbia http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.euphorbia/sort.0/ I hope this gives you lots of ideas.


Help with plants for N/East facing garden Hi, I have a little problem choosing some plants....... I really like the look and size of the 'Shady Pink' pre-designed corner planting plan, but our problem is that we have a north east facing garden, so we get no sun at all in the winter, and direct sun for only half a day on either side of the garden during the summer. Would this planting plan be suitable for that level of shade? We are actually are buying plants for the entire garden, so we'd need about 6 new shrubs, and maybe a small tree (we were thinking about the Prunus Amanogawa). Could you please help us with a few shrubs that would do well in these conditions? For perennials, we have been recommended; - Geranium Johnson's Blue, Kniphofia, Crocosmia, and Helleborus foetidus. Are these suitable? Many many thanks! Regards, Josee

Josee Mallet

Hello Josee, It is always difficult to give a definitive answer to the shade issue, but looking at the Shady Pink border, the most shade tolerant plants include Anemone hupehensis Hadspen Abundance, Thalictrum aquilegiifolium and Dryopteris erythrosora. If you click on the following link it will take you to all our shade-loving shrubs http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/plcid.1/vid.11/ and for the shade -loving perennials http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/perennials/plcid.2/vid.11/ Of the plants you have listed, the Prunus, Helleborus foetidus, Kniphofia and Crocosmia will be OK as long as there is more sun than shade. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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Tree Fern winter care Hi, I bought a Tree Fern a few years back and it seems to be establishing quite well. I have it in a semi-shaded spot, and I ensure that it is watered and fed regularly. Each year around this time, I protect it for the winter by stuffing straw in the crown, tying up the fading fronds around it and wrapping the trunk in fleece. The only thing is in the spring/summer it tends to produce what I think is a meagre amount of new fronds - 5 or 6 at the most. How can I encourage it to produce a greater number of large and healthy fronds? Also are the fronds prone to wind or sun damage, as the fronds on my tree this year looked like they were burned and shrived at the tips and dry to the touch. Your advise would be greatly appreciated. Thanks and Regards Steve

Steve Crawford

Hello Steve, If the fronds are dry, then it is either getting scorched by too much sun or wind, or it needs more water. I think the key to success is to make sure it can spread its roots, so plant it out in a sheltered part of the garden if it is still in a pot. Also and even more importantly, when you water really soak the whole length of the stem as this is covered by aerial roots - this should be done pretty regularly in summer, but not so the soil below is constantly wet. They do not need much feeding though, so just a top dressing of chicken manure or mulch in spring will do. Finally I live in central London and mine just gets a couple of handfuls of leaves in the crown in autumn and they seem to cope with the weather - including some quite heavy snow at times. I leave the fronds on and only cut them off when new growth emerges each spring. If you live in a colder part of the country then you will need to protect it a little more, but make sure air can circulate and water can get through. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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