Dryopteris championii

Champion's Wood Fern

A robust evergreen fern with broad triangular fronds of subtly glossy mid green, reaching a metre high in deep moist soils. Especially suited to cool part shade but will tolerate full sun if well watered.

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Origin: Japan, Korea and China
Genus: Dryopteris
Species / Cultivar: championii
Common Name: Champion's Wood Fern
Synonym: Aspidium championii

Plant Biography

This robust and full hardy fern will add interest to all types of gardens, giving beautiful green textured foliage all year round. Can reach 1 meter in height and spread eventually.

Prefers cool, moist and humus- rich soil in a sheltered partially shaded spot but will tolerate full sun if well watered especially in the growing season.

Commonly known as ‘Champions Wood Fern,’ it will remain glossy, upright and dark green all through winter, for this reason it’s ideally planted in a prime spot where it will be seen all year long.

Dryopteris championii
Soil: Moist but Well Drained
Soil that allows water to drain at a moderate rate, without the water pooling.
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 to Full Shade
Can enjoy several hours of direct sunlight, but also happy in full shade.
Eventual Height: 1m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 1m
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: Evergreen
Always in leaf throughout the year. It won't lose all its leaves at any one time.
Lifecycle: Perennial
This plant is persistant and does not die off after flowering. It will return each season indefinitely, if provided with suitable growing conditions.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Plant in deep rich soils in partial shade or full shade in Spring. Allow space to spread as the Champion’s Wood Fern can get to 1 m in diameter.

Keep the soil moist at all times, and if necessary, apply mulch to the surface to keep moisture in the ground.

In spring start feeding with a high nitrogen fertiliser as soon as the new fronds (croziers) start to push through. Depending on the climate, the new growth can push fairly late in Spring.


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