Wood Fern

Sun And Shade,
Height At Maturity
Under 3 Feet
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5-7 Days
Planting Zones 5-8
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Wood Fern Dryopteris marginalis


Wood Fern: Dryopteris marginalis, often called either leatherwood or marginal wood fern, is a native species of eastern North America. It is a perennial semi-evergreen that keeps most of its foliage all year, although some leaves may go dormant during the coldest days. This species grows well from the northernmost parts of New England to the mid-south and western United States. 


This plant requires little care after planting in a shaded location. It will survive drought if you keep it well-watered during those hot spells. It does best in heavily shaded areas but tolerates some sunshine. This species looks attractive when you pair it with other native plants.


The common name, leatherwood fern, refers to the leather-like texture of its foliage.


wood Fern Adds Color Throughout the Year


Dryopteris marginalis grows in medium-sized clumps that retain some color throughout the year. It is easy to grow and does not spread as quickly as some other ferns--perfect for someone who wants to add beautiful color without dividing out plants each year.


The wood fern prefers shady, moist locations with little or no direct sunlight. Those lovely semi-evergreen branches stay green, showing signs of life throughout winter's long, cold months. When there is little cover for wintertime birds, you might spot your feathered friends using this plant as a windbreak.


This fern has compound leaves six inches long, ranging in color from blue-green to brown. The leaf's texture is rough, attractive, and leathery, making it ideal for landscape design. 


This species needs moist soil that channels well and is rich in humus. In addition to its low maintenance needs, it is also an attractive addition to winter orchards and shaded yards. 


Wood fern is available for sale at TN Nursery


Wood fern is a perennial semi-evergreen that will lend gorgeous color to your yard year-round. Order your easy-care Dryopteris marginalis from TN Nursery today.




Reviews (4)

  • 5
    Wood fern...

    Posted by Megan Davis on Jan 19, 2023

    I am very pleased with my purchase of the bare root wood fern. Plant arrived packaged well and I decided to plant the dormant fern in a pot during winter to be ready for spring planting. I am very pleased to see the fern already producing a small fiddlehead, two weeks after potting. I purchased several other fern varieties and I am looking forward to seeing them grow. Thank you and I will be buying with confidence from your online nursery again.

  • 4
    leatherwood fern

    Posted by Bery Engebretsen on Sep 07, 2022

    Some were a bit small, but seemed healthy.

  • 5

    Posted by Lisa Holmes on Jan 13, 2022

    My order arrived on the earliest day of the expected delivery schedule. The plants where well packaged to prevent damage during transport, and was locked in moisture keeping it hydrated throughout transport.

  • 5
    Leatherwood Ferns

    Posted by Rachel on May 06, 2021

    Timely shipping and all the plants were super safe in their package. They were here quicker than I anticipated but were perfectly happy until I got the beds ready. All sixteen plants have woken up from dormancy and are sprouting. They look good so far, and will be perfect in the shadier garden.

Shipping Information

We dig fresh our plants and ship immediately. We ship US Mail, Priority shipping. You will receive a tracking number once your plants ship. All plants will be fine in their packages for up to 3 days after receiving.

How We Protect Your Plants For Transit

We sell only bare root plants. We dip the roots in tera-sorb silicone gel to retain ample moisture for transit and surround with plastic. This is superior protection for plants in transit for up to 12 days.

Upon Receipt Of Your Plants

Open your plants and inspect the same day received. We offer 3 days to report any problems with your order. Bare root plants need to be planted within 2-3 days of receiving unless weather-related problems prohibit planting. Store in a cool place and keep roots moist and covered with plastic until they can be planted. Water for the first week daily after planting.

Shipping Dates
Ships November through April

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