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Dicksonia squarrosa (Rough Tree Fern)

NZ Wheki, Brown Tree Fern

The average plant height is 20 cm
The average plant height is 250 cm

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Suited to regions:Subtropical, Temperate
Plant type:Ferns
Height:6.00 m
Spread:4.00 m
Flowering time:
Garden uses:Ponds, Screening
Garden styles:Backyard, City & Courtyard, Frontyard, Modern, Native, Riparian
Easy to grow?Yes
Maintenance requirementsLow
Growth rateMedium

Dicksonia squarrosa (Rough Tree Fern) Details

Dicksonia squarrosa, commonly known as NZ Wheki or Rough Tree Fern, is a NZ native tree fern that features a slender trunk and lovely fronds. The fronds emerge from a central crown and are typically 1.5 to 3 m long. They are mid-green and form a small umbrella above the trunk. It is relatively quick growing, typically reaching 6 m tall and 4 m wide, and often sends out roots which result in new plants and a colony forming. This tree fern grows best when planted in full sun or partial shade on a well-drained, sheltered site that does not dry out. It is hardy to moderate frost and will tolerate most soil types, barring the extremes of wet and dry. Dicksonia squarrosa is a great tree fern for adding to revegetation projects, native plantings, mixed plantings, or growing alongside a water feature such as a pond or stream.

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