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Gymnocarpium dryopteris

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More About Gymnocarpium dryopteris

  • Delicate, pale green fronds in the spring, deepen in colour with age
  • Fronds emerge from the long, creeping rhizomes
  • Hairy fiddleheads rise from under the soil: not from a central crown like most ferns
  • Fiddleheads develop into three-one for each leaf division
  • Good ground cover
  • Deciduous

Zone:

3

Height:

15-30 cm

Spread:

30-45 cm

Colour:

Non-flowering
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Western Oak Fern Growing and Maintenance Tips

Oak fern grows best in a moist to average, well-drained soil, in partial or full shade. They need consistent moisture and do not like to dry out.


Gymnocarpium dryopteris Characteristics

Partial Sun/Shade
Partial Sun/Shade
Full Shade
Full Shade
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Low Maintenance
Low Maintenance
Native to Ontario
Native to Ontario
Ground cover
Ground cover

Soil Moisture

Well-drained
Moist to Average

Growth Rate

Medium

Attributes

Deciduous

Habit

Spreading

Foliage Color

Green

Landscape uses

Woodland/woods edge