Dicksonia antarctica (large size trunk)

Soft Tree Fern

(8 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 large sized trunk, sized between 7 – 12 feet tall.

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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 (large 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.

Fantastic healthy tree fern, again great customer service and speedy delivery.

Julie K

Fantastic healthy tree fern, again great customer service and speedy delivery.

8 customer reviews for Dicksonia antarctica (large size trunk)

The Palm Centre has previously supplied me with two Dicksonia antarcticas over the previous years and I have been very pleased with how beautiful they look in my garden. Recently, I was sorry to lose an old tree and decided to replace it with third Dicksonia antarctica. Russell delivered it to the prepared spot in my garden and now it is pride of place with its host of new fronds. I am delighted with my purchase.

Geoffrey P.

Received my tree fern yesterday, propped it up in a bucket ( is this ok) and already after watering the fonds are beginning to unfurl…… so excited to have this in my garden……. the chat I had with rob, was excellent! I hope to have it for many years to come.

Pauline shore

Beautiful plant with a first class service. Many thanks

Kay Hayes

Beautiful plant, and a great service – arrived really quickly and well packaged. Recommend highly and would definitely buy again.

Anné

I ordered a tree fern as a birthday present for my Dad. He was so happy as the fern was of very high quality. Also he really commended the delivery driver for being very helpful. I would definitely order from this company again.

Ruth D

I ordered a 3 metre tree fern trunk that went in the ground in the spring of 2014 and soon sprouted a dozen fronds. It weathered the winter with some straw stuffed in the crown, covered in plastic, without any die-off, and this year grew an additional 30+ fronds and now stands at 5 metres tall, including fronds. It is the centrepiece of my small central London garden, along with a 3 metre palm tree and a pomegranate tree I picked up at the same time.

Michael

Really pleased with my tree fern , packaging it came in made sure the fern wasnt damaged.

Andrew Grantham

Beautiful well cared for specimen. Professional packaged and arrived unharmed.

Michael Devine