Dicksonia antarctica (Small Size Trunk Tree Fern)

Soft Tree Fern

(28 customer reviews)

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

This Dicksonia antactica has a small sized trunk, sized between 1 – 2 feet tall.

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Origin: Australia and Tasmania
Genus: Dicksonia
Species / Cultivar: antarctica
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 (Small Size Trunk Tree Fern)
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 (but much less on a small). Thus we recommend buying a tree fern in the size you want now rather than hoping to see it grow quickly.

Tree fern arrived today. It was beautifully packed and arrived in perfect condition. Easily understood directions enclosed which was excellent

Brian L

Tree fern arrived today. It was beautifully packed and arrived in perfect condition. Easily understood directions enclosed which was excellent

28 customer reviews for Dicksonia antarctica (Small Size Trunk Tree Fern)

really good quality. very well packaged. good price and excellent customer service from James Wilbraham. highly recommend this company.

Robert O.

Excellent service and kept informed from order to delivery. Short delay in receiving my tree ferns due to problem in the Suez Canal but communication excellent. Product received in good condition and well packaged. Well done.

David H.

I received my 3’ Tree fern two weeks ago and I am thrilled with it. It arrived on time and extremely well packaged. I was very impressed with the standard of the tree ( I have seen smaller ones in local garden centres for more money). It had the beginnings of several fronds when delivered and they are now over 3 feet long and still growing (see pics). My garden is under construction at the moment and I can’t wait to put it in its permanent place. It makes me smile every time I look at it and god knows we need something to smile about at the moment. Thank you Palm Centre.

Susan Cohen

Tree fern arrived today. It was beautifully packed and arrived in perfect condition. Easily understood directions enclosed which was excellent

Brian L.

The tree ferns arrived well packaged and the frond-less trunks were in excellent condition and ready for planting .An unexpected bonus was that a container of tree fern fertilizer was included in the box with the tree ferns. A very nice gesture. As before, the courier, APC, used by The Palm Centre was their usual effective selves.

Ivan Y.

Always wanted one of these so took advantage of the special offer, planted a few weeks ago and its looking great so much so ive made room for another on the other side of my garden and just ordered another. I was quite surprised with the size of the small trunk it was bigger than I expected. Fern very healthy and delivery was as it states..well packaged. wouldnt hesitate to recommend The Palm Centre. Thank you.

nadine P.

Easy ordering, speedy delivery and a well packaged, high quality tree fern made a great birthday surprise.

Helen P.

Always impressed with the quality provided by the Palm Centre

Justin H.

My tree fern arrived today. Couldnt be happier with it. It was even better than I thought it would be from the pictures on the web site. Delivery was extremely fast and the plant was well wrapped for transport. Would highly recommend using the Palm Centre. A real pleasure to deal with a company that is customer and product focussed.

Ron G.

Lovely healthy plant and bigger than expected. Fantastic service and would recommend.

Martyn C.

My small tree fern arrived well packed and is a little beauty. Many thanks to all at the Palmcentre.

john E.

Provided with a healthy tree fern and other ferns. Very pleased.

Kim W.

We are always very happy with the quality of plants and service here. We started buying tree ferns from the centre about10years ago. Our latest purchase was in August. We now have seven wonderful beauties to look at.

Deirdre Bradley

This is the 2nd tree fern I have purchased from Palm Centre. I am always pleased with their excellent service providing good quality plants at a good price.

Rita King

I was really happy with the whole process. The fern came well packed, full of large green leaves and a few smaller ones that have recently unfurled. Good care tips and an authentication label to ensure its responsibly sourced. I bought it as a gift for my partner and she was very happy!

Reece Bourne

Very impressed with both the plant and service. The tree fern is really good quality and very good value for money. It was really well packaged and arrived very promptly. Would definitely buy this company again.


I just love getting plants from the Palm Centre! They are so intelligently packed that they arrive in perfect condition. I received two tree ferns, complete with undamaged fronds yesterday. Whether I can keep them looking good remains to be seen but they have had the best of starts.


disappointed with my fern, the trunk was crooked in the pot and stands crooked, nothing like photograph of the advert, the trunk was meant to be a foot but it is under. I have just gone back to my purchase order and read the size I #
should have been provided, it may be a foot from the base of the pot to top of trunk but that wasnt what I thought I was purchasing.

Palm Centre Reply: Were so sorry to hear youre not happy with the fern you bought some time ago now. We highly recommend to
contact us shortly after you receive your plant so that we can proceed to a solution.
Our policy says you can return the plant in original conditions within 30 days of receiving it and we will replace the plant or will refund your money back.


Very pleased with this purchase. It was delivered in good time and came with very helpful planting instructions. Followed them and now have new shoots starting up. Cant wait for them to grow more!

Roy Berry

Really pleased with our purchases. We got 3 and within days of planting are already showing new growth. The packaging was excellent and they arrived in perfect condition.

Rebecca Ransome-Wallis

Lovely product. Fast shipping. Excellent company. Will use again.

Adele day

Received tree fern in good condition and packaged really well very happy with product.

Gary Wilding

I am really impressed with the quality of the tree fern I recieved today. I was a little nervous at first because I have never ordered plants, let alone a tree on the Internet before, but the service was second to none and my fern arrived two days after I ordered it! I was told other companies remove the fronds before they are transported so it was to my delight when I opened the parcel and found all the fronds intact and in perfect condition! I highly recommend this company and will use them again!!


The Dicksonia Antarctica is beautiful. My favourite plant in the garden. We ordered 1ft of trunk in early May, along with several other plants (palms and bananas). The fern as the fronds unfold is magnificent. Loved it so much ordered another for family. Its going to be interesting to see what happens over winter.

Qamar Z

I ordered a 1ft Dicksonia it arrived well packed & in excellent condition, I would certainly buy from you again.

Brenda Blackmore

I am truly delighted with my tree fern, (and the free Palm was a bonus). It far surpasses my expectations and already has several beautiful, very healthy new fronds waiting to unfurl. Customer service is 2nd to none as the staff & delivery driver pulled out all the stops to find me when there was an issue with my delivery location. I shall definitely be using The Palm Centre again in the near future. Thanks guys

Michelle Robinson

I am so pleased with the tree ferns that I purchased from you last spring. They look lovely.Such good quality items with god packing and good delivery and good prices.

Rev Geof Squire

A fantastic plant to add that exotic touch to a shady part of the garden. I push a thick layer of straw into the crown and upper 2 feet of the trunk in autumn and cover with plastic, remove in April and stand back as a huge flush of bright green delicate fronds emerge each May!

James Barnet