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Cyathea dealbata (NZ Silver Fern)

Punga, Tree Fern, Ponga, Alsophila tricolor

Cyathea dealbata, commonly known as the Silver Fern or Punga, is a NZ native tree fern. It features bright green fronds up to 4 m long which have a silver-white colouration on the underside, hence the common name. It typically grows to 6 m tall and 4 m wide in a semi-shade or full shade position. Cyathea dealbata is well suited to cool and damp areas and is great for providing a sub-tropical feel to a garden. The Silver Fern is also used for revegetation projects, added to native gardens, planted alongside streams, and used in mixed plantings.

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The average plant height is 60 cm
$288.16
The average plant height is 110 cm
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Suited to regions:Subtropical, Temperate
Plant type:Ferns
Height:6.00 m
Spread:4.00 m
Flowering time:
Tolerances:Shade, Wet
Garden uses:Living areas, Parks, Ponds, Pool areas, Screening, Specimen
Garden styles:Architectural, Backyard, City & Courtyard, Frontyard, Modern, Native, Riparian, Tropical
Easy to grow?Yes
Maintenance requirementsLow
Growth rateMedium

Cyathea dealbata (NZ Silver Fern) Details

Cyathea dealbata, commonly known as the Silver Fern or Punga, is a NZ native tree fern. It features bright green fronds up to 4 m long which have a graceful arch and are held atop a fibrous trunk. The fronds have a silver-white colouration on the underside, hence the common name. It typically grows to 6 m tall and 4 m wide but will generally be smaller than this in the home garden. This fern prefers to grow in a semi-shade or full shade positions that are well-drained, sheltered, and do not dry out. Once established it will tolerate drier conditions and light frost. Cyathea dealbata is well suited to cool and damp areas and is great for providing a sub-tropical feel to a garden. The Silver Fern is also used for revegetation projects, added to native gardens, planted alongside streams, and used in mixed plantings.

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