Gymnocarpium dryopteris - Western Oak Fern
Gymnocarpium dryopteris - Western Oak Fern

Western Oak Fern

Gymnocarpium dryopteris

  • Delicate pale green fronds in the spring deepen in colour with age
  • Fronds emerge from long creeping rhizomes
  • Hairy fiddleheads rise from under the soil: not from a central crown like most ferns
  • Fiddleheads develop into three: one for each leaf division
  • Good ground cover
  • Deciduous

ZONE:
3

COLOUR:
Non-flowering

HEIGHT:
15-30 cm

SPREAD:
30-45 cm

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Growing and Maintenance Tips:


Oak fern grows best in a moist to average, well-drained soil, in partial or full shade. They need consistent moisture and do not like to dry out.

Additional Notes about Western Oak Fern:


Native to Ontario

Characteristics & Attributes


GROWTH RATE:
Medium
ATTRIBUTES:
Deciduous
HABIT:
Spreading
FOLIAGE COLOR:
Green
LANDSCAPE USES:
Woodland/woods edge