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Leatherwood Fern Thrive in Full to Partial Shade and Also Can Handle Semi Sun
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
The leatherwood fern is an easy to grow evergreen perennial plant that, like many ferns, prefers soil that is moist, full of humus, somewhat acidic, and well-draining
It 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 fern is found in moist, shady woods near rock formations, which makes it a good choice for a rock garden. It is also different from other species of fern in that it is drought resistant. The fern 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 serious 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 easily with other species of wild fern. It is hardy to frost and can tolerate temperatures as low as -22 degrees Fahrenheit.
The Many Attributes of Leatherwood ferns
Leatherwood Fern - Dryopteris Marginalis
The leatherwood fern is the garden addition that will make you pause to drink in the charm of the perfectly lance-shaped fronds in this foliage plant. The right loving care grows to form a large clump that rises from a single crown. You may also see this popular greenery in your florist centerpiece.
If soil and maximum planting conditions are used, the fern can grow over two feet tall and wide. Loose, compost-enriched soil is a plus for this jewel. Once established, it becomes drought-resistant. Additionally, early spring is the time to start planting your fern garden. The first year's growth encourages the development of the young fronds into well-shaped plants where they adapt and flourish in your landscape. Ultimately, the second year it is an enlarged beauty that earns a forever status in any garden.
Young ferns are a light green shade. Whereby maturity transforms them into an eye-catching, blue-green hue with deeply-cut, leathery fronds. It's one of the few plants that remain evergreen, which puts it in high demand for winter gardens. Light snowfalls on their arching symmetry only add to the elegance. Capture the easy-to-grow allure of this fern in zones three to eight.
Since deer and rabbits resist this fern, it makes naturalizing woodland areas easy and productive. Nature walks into forested areas expose the ferns growing in native habitats in shaded crevices and northern exposed rocky ledges. Widely adaptable, it performs in moist soils that are alkaline, acid, or neutral.
Indulge your landscaping adventures and position leatherwood ferns with wildflowers to attract birds and butterflies, build a rock garden using them as the grand attraction, harness their greenery in the border and welcome them on the patio in containers. Incredibly, their natural habit is so adaptable to change that they revel in the opportunity to become luxurious, perfectly shaped houseplants. Get started with leatherwood ferns today.