Dixie Wood Fern (Dryopteris x australis)

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Plant Habit: Fern
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 4 to 5 feet
Plant Spread: 4 to 5 feet
Leaves: Semi-evergreen
Underground structures: Rhizome
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Propagation: Other methods: Division

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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Sep 24, 2018 9:27 AM

The Dixie Wood Fern is a natural hybrid of the Log Fern (Dryopteris Celsa) x the Southern Wood Fern ( Dryopteris ludoviciana). It is found in the wild in some counties in some local spots in the South in Maryland, southeast Virginia, northeast North Carolina, north South Carolina, northern Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, southern Tennessee, Arkansas, and Louisiana. This hybrid is sterile. It gets about 4 to 5 feet high with dark green, thick textured, semi-evergreen fronds. It stays as a good clump. If any spreading it is not much. I've only seen it at Jenkins Arboretum in southeast Pennsylvania. Some native plant nurseries in or near the South offer it and some specialty plant mail order nurseries. It is a beautiful fern.

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