Dicksonia antarctica (medium size trunk)

Soft Tree Fern

(24 customer reviews)

The easiest tree fern to cultivate in the UK, Dicksonia antarctica has a spectacular crown of huge, finely dissected foliage on magnificent broad fibrous trunks.

This Dicksonia antactica has a medium sized trunk, sized between 3 – 6 feet tall.

These ferns which are harvested under licence have the roots and fronds removed for easy shipping. Once planted they rapidly and dramatically re-frond.

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Origin: Australia and Tasmania
Genus: Dicksonia
Species / Cultivar: antartica
Common Name: Soft Tree Fern
Synonym: Balantium antarcticum

Plant Biography

Dicksonia are amongst the oldest plants in the world, they even pre-date dinosaurs, existing long before flowering plants evolved. The tall tree fern specimens you can find in wild forests of Australia and New Zealand can be several centuries old.

Dicksonia antarctica (medium size trunk)
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: A little
Easy to look after but may occasionally require some attention in order to thrive.
Situation: Part Shade
Enjoys several hours of direct sunlight but may enjoy dappling or shade at midday.
Eventual Height: 6m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 4m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Hardy
Survives unprotected in an average winter. May need protection in extreme long frosts.
Habit: Semi Evergreen
May only remain evergreen in milder winters, or only loose leaves for a short period.

Expert Tip

We do not recommend cutting the fronds of the tree ferns as this will lead to the trunk becoming thinner as the plant grows.
Sustainably Sourced

Sustainably Sourced

Most of the larger D.antarctica tree ferns we sell come from Victoria, Australia, whilst the juvenile specimens are grown in Europe.

The trunks of D.antarctica are collected from the wild under the strict monitoring of The Department for Sustainability and Environment, under the Flora and Fauna Act of 1988. This ensures that the harvesting is done in a sustainable way, that will not damage the survival of the ecosystem.

Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Dicksonia antarctica is one of the hardier tree ferns suitable in the UK climate. It prefers a position in dappled shade and requires regular watering at the crown throughout spring and summer in order to keep the trunk damp.

In winter, provide some protection for the crown, for instance with the fleece jackets we offer, against frosts.

Dicksonia antarctica are really slow growing, only gaining about 1-2 inches per year in trunk height. A mature plant, with only 2 ft of trunk, can take 25 to 30 years to grow! When planting a tree fern you will lose some height in order to plant it stably in the ground – for instance about a foot on a medium sized tree fern. Thus we recommend buying a tree fern in the size you want now rather than hoping to see it grow quickly.

I'm very pleased with my tree fern. It has quickly produced lovely long leaves, and looks amazing.

Clare M

I'm very pleased with my tree fern. It has quickly produced lovely long leaves, and looks amazing.

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24 customer reviews for Dicksonia antarctica (medium size trunk)

Im very pleased with my tree fern. It has quickly produced lovely long leaves, and looks amazing.

Clare M.

Good quality plants, exactly as described so looking forward to seeing them thrive.

Sarah B.

Can’t tell yet because it is still just a solid trunk, will update in few weeks when the ferns start opening up.
So far so good, kept advised on delivery all the way, the delivery pallet was also taken away in the lorry so can’t fault anything so far.
All good.

Jonathan F.

Excellent quality delivery was excellent. Will recommend and will definitely use the palm centre again.

Stuart B.

We were so impressed by the first fern we ordered as it was supposed to have a four foot trunk but it was actually over five, it came with four one to two foot fronds and it was very good value, so we ordered another. The second, also a ‘four footer’, was even bigger than the first, which came as quite a shock. It has several young fronds and I reckon weighs around 45kg. Again, excellent value. With both deliveries the tracking system was of no assistance. Once the fern was handed over to the courier all the information on delivery time supplied was “within 2 to 3 days”. There was no way of contacting the courier and on both occasions I was left guessing what day they’d arrive. The only warning of impending delivery is a phone call about an hour beforehand, and on the second occasion this happened while I was out. Fortunately I returned before it arrived as I got the impression the fern would not have been delivered otherwise. When selling such excellent plants why not insist to the courier they email customers a delivery day at least, and then call to confirm what time? Your plants deserve a better delivery system.

simon F.

Ordered one week delivered the next (even through a pandemic). Arrived and 30minutes later in its new home. Beautiful. We didnt expect any fronds on it and I was panicking thinking we wouldnt know which way up to plant !!! No need to worry arrived with some fronds on and looks magnificent.

Helen D.

Thanks for the great service, tree fern is superb!

ian S.

Ordered 2 medium sized tree ferns both as described on website healthy plants already have loads of fronds coming out. Think they’ll be the real show stoppers in our garden this summer. Received fantastic service from palm centre from enquiring to after delivery don’t hesitate to buy you won’t be disappointed.

Becky M.

Great Customer support and speedy delivery. I am so pleased with my Tree Fern. I phoned customer service as I changed my mind from a small to a medium and nothing was to much trouble. I just cant wait for it to start to unravel
Thank you.

Lorraine B.

Exactly as ordered. Good trunk. Had to wait five days before planting but was happy completely dormant. Started producing seven new fronds a few days after planting. Looks wonderful.


as i was expecting it to just be the trunk i was very happy with the ferns. there were plenty of fronds ready to appear and they are growing quickly in my clients garden.

Judith Newman

Customers should be aware that the plant will consist of literally just the trunk. Like a big log. No leaves. No pot. It is quite disappointing. Youll need to plant it, water it and maybe feed it v quickly.

Palm Centre Reply: Were so sorry to hear youre not happy with your Tree Fern. The Tree fern you bought comes without pot as it shows in the variant image, just the juvenile and the potted version come potted. Tree Ferns root really fast. The fronds gets easly damage during the delivery to the client, but new fronds will grow up really quick. The way you received your tree fern is the way you should receive it.

Jim Edwards

After many years of looking at these, I finally took the plunge. The palm centre have surpassed themselves yet again, after issues with the delivery company, rob was quick to resolve the problem with speedy resolution, thank you. A magnificent 6ft trunk arrived, canÂ’t wait for the fronds to start growing! The palm centre is one of the best for good quality online plants I have found to date, I will be back again without hesitation. Also very helpful staff at the end of the phone, well done palm centre!


Excellent delivery and they are stunning. Had them in the garden for a few months now and they transform the garden. I will continue to use The Palm Centre as my other orders I have placed are first class.

John Pattie

Very good service and very happy with the product – I bought it for my sister. A very small thing, but the plastic pot it came in had a very slight split but hopefully that wont affect the plant and we are hoping to repot it anyway. It came with some leaves already 🙂


Had been looking for a tree fern for a while but was not impressed by the ones I saw in various garden centres. Based on the reviews on this website I decided to order a 3 foot trunk. Best decision ever! The fern arrived in excellent condition and I couldnt believe the length of the fronds – twice as long as garden centre examples. And cheaper as well! Wouldnt hesitate to use the Palm Centre again or to recommend your service to others.

Sheila Crofts

The Palm Centre were very accommodating in delivering the two tree ferns before the date Id requested (which meant the gardener was still onsite to assist in planting them properly). When the delivery came, the drivers helped carry the tree ferns through the house to the garden – quite a task as they were 4 and 5ft each. They are now the highlight of our small garden. Excellent service all round.


Thank you for the fern. Its a lot larger than I thought, and looks great at the end of my garden. I am very pleased with it.

Andrew Spriggs

Chose the plant from the hothouse myself so I knew it was a beauty. Fingers crossed I get it through its first winter with me. Staff very helpful, courteous and smiling, a truly wonderful place to wander around in.

Sorrel Hamilton

Ordered the 3ft trunk, ground fern, bamboo, and some Hostas. Everything packed v well, arrived in great condition and looking healthy. As a first time gardener and first time customer, I shall definitely come back. I really appreciated all of the specific information and requirements for the individual plants-helpful for someone who doesnt know much! Planted them over a week ago and they look fab, the tree fern is v happy and has unncurled already! The others have also thrived- its a delight to watch!


I have received 2 tree ferns snd 3 bamboo. I am really impressed with the quality of these plants and wont hesitate to order from you again. Better quality than local nursery and cheaper too!


I love this tree fern, I had one in a previous garden and this is its replacement. Now Ive discovered the palm centre, Ill be back


I would like to echo the comments of the other reviewers and just say how very pleased I am with the tree fern that I bought from you last summer. It may seem the most impossible thing to mail order but the plant that arrived was brilliantly and expertly packed. Since then the tree fern has flourished, growing further fronds after its arrival and then, this season, growing a superb crown of new leaves that amaze all who see it. A quality plant and quality service.

James Pickford

I was a little worried as I ordered my dickinson fern last January but after following your advise on how to look after it and the ostrich ferns they have given endless pleasure all summer.we are at the end of September and my fern has just started sprouting two more fronges.PS if I had the room I would have another they are stunning.

Mr Carl Davies