Dicksonia fibrosa

Dicksonia fibrosa photographed at Logan Botanic Garden, Stranraer, Scotland, UK

Dicksonia fibrosa (syn wheki-ponga) is a tree fern with a stout trunk, reaching 8 ft (2.5 m) in time. The young fronds are almost erect, spreading as they age, green to dark green.

Found in lowland and lower mountain forests, in the North and South Islands of New Zealand. Closely related to Dicksonia antarctica, from Australia. Dicksonia fibrosa grows fairly slowly. Hardy in New Zealand; in the UK it needs a cool, sheltered, shady spot, or a sunny site with plenty of moisture; hardy to –9°C.

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