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Siebold's Wood Fern Dryopteris sieboldii

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Description

Siebold's Wood Fern is a slow-growing evergreen fern with short creeping rhizomes from Asia. The leathery triangular blue-green fronds like to spread in dappled woodland shade.  Once established, it is fairly drought and heat tolerant.  It is evergreen to about 5 degrees F.

This fern is easy to grow in partial to full shade in well-drained, humus-rich, moist soil. Plant in a woodland setting, in a pot or small spaces.

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  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Dryopteris
    Species:
    sieboldii
    Family:
    Polypodiaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    South China and Japan
    Distribution:
    Eastern China, Japan, Taiwan
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    Heavy shade, This plant is seldom damaged by deer.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 2 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Fern
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Semi-evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Arching
    Creeping
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
    Deep shade (Less than 2 hours to no direct sunlight)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    6b, 7b, 7a, 8b, 8a, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Description:
    No fruits. This plants reproduces via spores.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Description:
    No Flowers.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Semi-evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Leathery
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Compound (Pinnately , Bipinnately, Palmately)
    Fronds
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Other/more complex
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Arching sterile fronds; erect fertile fronds with slightly narrower pinnae; have only 2-5 pairs of broad, leathery, undivided pinnae; terminal pinna is 8-12 in. long
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Small Space
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Asian Garden
    Rain Garden
    Shade Garden
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Small groups
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Heavy Shade