Dicksonia Antarctica, commonly known as the Australian tree fern, is a striking and iconic fern species. It is native to southeastern Australia, Tasmania, and nearby islands. This plant has a majestic appearance, with a thick, fibrous trunk that can reach heights of up to 15 meters (in its native conditions). It is crowned by a canopy of elegant, arching fronds. These fronds can grow up to 3 meters in length. They have delicate, dark green leaflets, giving the tree fern a lush and tropical appearance.
Despite its name, the Dicksonia Antarctica is not restricted to Antarctica but rather thrives in temperate and subtropical climates, typically found in moist, shady habitats such as rainforests, gullies, and damp woodlands. Its ability to withstand cool temperatures makes it a popular ornamental plant in gardens and landscapes in regions with mild winters.
Due to its slow growth rate, the Dicksonia Antarctica is a long-lived plant, with some specimens estimated to be hundreds of years old. Its resilience, distinctive beauty, and ability to evoke a sense of prehistoric landscapes make it a cherished addition to botanical collections and naturalistic garden designs.
Name: Dicksonia Antarctica
Approx. Height and spread: 4M x 5-6M
Position: Sun – Shade.
Soil Ph: Alkaline, Neutral
Moisture: Well drained. Moist, but well drained.
Hardiness: Protect over winter.
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