Cyrtomium fortunei ‘Clivicola’

Holly Fern

(6 customer reviews)

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With fronds that resemble holly branches, the Holly Fern is a distinctive evergreen fern with pale foliage that can thrive in the deepest shade so long as the soil is moist.

The ‘Clivicola’ cultivar, also sometimes known as ‘Clivicolum’, can be differentiated from the species by its more compact size, more horizontally arching fronds, and its slightly larger and more lanceolate, light yellow-green pinnae.


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Origin: Japan and S. Korea
Genus: Cyrtomium
Species / Cultivar: Clivicola
Common Name: Holly Fern
Synonym: Cyrtomium clivicola

Plant Biography

Native to temperate Asia, Cyrtomium fortunei ‘Clivicola’ can often be found in Japan, growing in thickets on hills and smaller mountains, and in China where it often grows on the sides of damp, shady roadways and ditches.

The genus name ‘Cyrtomium’ comes from the Greek ‘kyrtos’ which means ‘arched’, which refers to the fern’s arched habit, whilst the specific epithet ‘fortunei’, and its common names Fortune’s Holly Fern and Fortune’s Cyrtomium, honours the Scottish horticulturist Robert Fortune.

Cyrtomium fortunei ‘Clivicola’
Soil: Moisture Retaining
Soil that drains at a slower rate due to higher organic matter content.
Growth Rate: Medium
Expect to see moderate growth during growing season.
Water Requirement: High
Likely to require supplementary watering in warmer months, even once established.
Maintenance: Low
Minimal skill or input needed beyond the basics, a very independent plant.
Situation: Part Shade
Enjoys several hours of direct sunlight but may enjoy dappling or shade at midday.
Eventual Height: 0.6m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 0.6m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Fully Hardy
Will survive unprotected outdoors in most areas of the UK, even in the harshest winters.
Habit: Evergreen
Always in leaf throughout the year. It won't lose all its leaves at any one time.

Expert Tip

If the pale yellow-green colour of the pinnae begins to fade, it's likely your Cyrtomium fortunei 'Clivicola' is getting too much sun.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

This fern does best in part shade to full shade.

Holly Fern can be susceptible to root rot, fungal spots and scale.

Cyrtomium fortunei 'Clivicola' Garden Design

Cyrtomium fortunei 'Clivicola' Garden Design

The Holly Fern features stiff, upright fronds which each have 12 to 26 pairs of stiff, leathery sickle shaped yellow-green pinnae.

This fern is a perfect choice for adding some lighter coloured, geometrically complex interest to a shaded border. The fronds grow outwards in every direction and overlap, creating striking geometrical patterns which complement the softer textures of many woodland plants suitable for similarly darker, moist areas of the garden which this fern is great to pair with.

Exceptional service, clear product description (with sizing reference), well packaged & finally, excellent quality plants. 10 on 10!


Exceptional service, clear product description (with sizing reference), well packaged & finally, excellent quality plants. 10 on 10!

6 customer reviews for Cyrtomium fortunei ‘Clivicola’

Plant arrived well packaged and undamaged. Healthy plant and was able to plant straight to a new pot,and it looked instantly amazing in my garden

Mary (verified owner)

Very pleased with the online ordering service from start to end. I ordered 5 of these striking plants and I’m impressed with quality of the plants, especially considering they came to me all the way up to Lancashire. I got mine on sale too! – Will definitely return – Thanks!

H Rose (verified owner)