Dicksonia antarctica (large size trunk)
Soft Tree Fern
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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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.
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
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.