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Leatherwood Fern

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Height At Maturity
Under 3 Feet
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Year Round
Sun & Shade,
Border Plants, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant Plants,
Border Plants, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant Plants,
Border Plants, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant Plants,

Reviews (5)

  • 5
    Tough exterior

    Posted by Michelle on 30th Mar 2017

    This fern has a very tough exterior and the fronds are hard to break.

  • 3
    Arrived Quickly

    Posted by Emily on 30th Mar 2017

    It arrived fast but didnt look healthy so time will tell

  • 4

    Posted by Rain Sigerland on 28th Mar 2017

    So far I see little growth but it has just now started getting warm here so I am looking forward to more growth

  • 4
    Gets an a+

    Posted by Hardy on 7th May 2016

    All gets an a+

  • 4
    Good product

    Posted by Eli Jacobs on 7th May 2016

    Overall good cs and products

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Shipping Information

We ship all plants usps priority mail. They arrive to most locations within 2-3 days. We package all plants to retain moisture to up to 10 days in transit. All plants ships from our warehouses in Tennessee. All plants are grown and shipped from out Altamont (zip) 37301 location. We do drop ship for re-sellers also for those wanting to resell our plants.

How We Protect Your Plants For Transit

All plants are dug and immediately taken to our warehouse and tera-sorb moisture retention gel is applied to the roots and then wrapped in plastic to retain superior moisture for transit. They are placed in corogated cardboard shipping boxes for protection when shipped

Upon Receipt Of Your Plants

Upon receipt of your plants, unpack and unwrap the roots and mist with water. Plant within 24-48 hours. If you can not plant within this time frame, put your plants in a cool location (ex- basement, garage or cellar) and water the roots daily. Cover them back up with the plastic so they will not dry out until you can plant them. After planted, water every evening after the sun goes down for 5 days.

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Leatherwood Ferns - Dryopteris marginalis

The Leatherwood fern is an easy to grow evergreen perennial plant that is an excellent choice for a rock garden.

Like many ferns, prefers soil that is moist, full of hummus, somewhat acidic and well-draining soilIt grows from a rootstock as opposed to a rhizome and doesn't spread but forms an attractive, vase-like shaped clump. The rootstock often pokes up out of the soil, which gives the plant the look of a cycad or tree fern.

In nature, the leatherwood fern is found in moist, shady woods near rock formations. It is also different from other species of fern in that it is drought resistant. The greenery can be grown in full sun but prefers an area or a room where it gets no more than three hours of sun per day.

The plant has 15 to 20 inch long fronds with deeply cut, glaucous green leaves that taper to a point. These smaller compound leaves are blunt, with reproductive bodies called sori found near their margins. Their texture is leathery, which gives the plant its name.

The fern doesn't have severe problems with pests or diseases, and as it is an evergreen, it provides winter interest in a garden. However, it needs to be protected from the wind.

Though deer and rabbits nibble on the leatherwood fern, it resists being damaged by them. Birds also use the fronds to build their nests. The plant is not invasive and is excellent for shady walkways or shady areas beneath old trees. It can be grown in a specimen or native perennial garden, though it hybridizes readily with other species of wild fern. It is hardy to frost and can tolerate temperatures as low as -22 degrees Fahrenheit.

Slight pruning in late winter helps the foliage stay full, but is not necessary.

Leatherwood Fern is gorgeous potted or grown in containers, and looks stunning when planted around borders.

Plant Name: Leatherwood Fern
Latin name: Dryopteris marginalis
Hardy planting zone: 3 to 8
Mature height: 1 1/2 to 2 feet
Spread: 1 1/2 to 2 feet
Bloom season: Non-flowering
Sun: Part shade to full shade

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