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Polystichum braunii

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
pol-IS-tick-um BRAUN-ee-eye
Description

Polystichum braunii, commonly called Braum's Holly Fern is a creeping, crown forming rhizome.  It prefers moist, humus rich soil but tolerates dry soil after established.  It also prefers cool temperatures. This plant is seldom damaged by deer.

This fern has a wide arching vase of lustrous, bipinnate dark green, leathery fronds.  The blade tapers to the base.  It has 20 to 40 pairs of closely spaced pinna and 16 to 18 pairs of closely spaced, bristle-toothed, oblong or ovate pinnules.  The lower pinnules hug the rachis. The stipe, rachis, and fiddlehead have dense covering of silvery scales, that when mature turn brown.

Crown rot is possible in poorly drained soil.

Cultivars:
Tags:
#evergreen#semi-evergreen#shade tolerant#woodland garden#fern#winter interest#rabbit resistant#deer resistant#borders
Cultivars:
Tags:
#evergreen#semi-evergreen#shade tolerant#woodland garden#fern#winter interest#rabbit resistant#deer resistant#borders
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Polystichum
    Species:
    braunii
    Family:
    Dryopteridaceae
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    North America, Eurasia
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 8 in. - 2 ft. 4 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 8 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Fern
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Semi-evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Arching
    Dense
    Growth Rate:
    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 Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Occasionally Wet
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Semi-evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Cream/Tan
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Rough
    Leaf Type:
    Fronds
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Other/more complex
    Leaf Shape:
    Rhomboidal
    Leaf Margin:
    Dentate
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Description:
    Wide arching vase of lustrous, bipinnate dark green, leathery fronds; blade tapers to base; 20 to 40 pairs of closely spaced pinna; 16 to 18 pairs of closely spaced, bristle-toothed, oblong or ovate pinnules; lower pinnules hug the rachis; stipe, rachis, and fiddlehead have dense covering of silvery hairs.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Winter Garden
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Rabbits