Man Fern – Dicksonia Antarctica


The man fern tree, scientifically known as Dicksonia antarctica, is a captivating tree fern species with lacy fronds that add a touch of prehistoric elegance to any landscape.

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The Man Fern, scientifically known as Dicksonia antarctica, is a captivating tree fern species that possesses unique features, making it a highly desirable addition to garden landscapes.

One of the most remarkable features of the Man Fern is its striking appearance. It typically grows to a height of 10 to 20 feet (3 to 6 meters), with a spreading crown of large, arching fronds. The fronds are beautifully lacy, giving them an elegant and delicate look. Each frond consists of multiple leaflets arranged symmetrically along a central stalk, creating a feathery and intricate foliage display.

Dicksonia antarctica is also known for its distinctive trunk, which is covered in rough, fibrous bark. The trunk of the Man Fern is a key aesthetic feature, as it adds a sense of character and natural beauty to the plant. Over time, the trunk may develop a unique mottled appearance, with shades of brown and gray, further enhancing its visual appeal.

One of the reasons the Man Fern makes a great feature in a garden is its ability to create a sense of lushness and provide a tropical ambiance. The feathery fronds of the Man Fern lend a soft and inviting texture to garden landscapes, adding an element of tranquility and serenity. Whether planted individually or in groups, the Man Fern can transform a garden into a lush, green sanctuary, evoking a sense of being in a tropical rainforest.

Additionally, Dicksonia antarctica is highly adaptable and resilient, making it suitable for a variety of garden settings. It thrives in moist and shaded areas, making it an excellent choice for woodland gardens, shaded borders, or even as an understory plant beneath larger trees. The Man Fern can tolerate a range of soil types, including loam, clay, and sandy soils, as long as they are well-draining. Its adaptability allows it to grow in different climates, from cool temperate regions to milder coastal areas.

Another advantage of the Man Fern is its longevity. With proper care and maintenance, it can live for several decades, becoming a long-lasting feature in the garden. This durability adds to its appeal as a garden centerpiece, as it can provide beauty and enjoyment for many years to come.

Furthermore, the Man Fern can create a microclimate within the garden. Its dense, spreading fronds provide shade and can help retain moisture, benefiting other shade-loving plants growing nearby. This fern species can also act as a natural air purifier, filtering out pollutants and enhancing the overall air quality in the garden.

In conclusion, the Man Fern, with its striking appearance, adaptability, longevity, and ability to create a lush and tropical atmosphere, is an exceptional choice for gardeners seeking a captivating fern species. Its presence adds a touch of elegance, tranquility, and natural beauty to garden landscapes, making it a highly sought-after feature in various garden settings.


130-150cm, 150-170cm, 170-200cm, 200-230cm, 230-250cm, 250-270cm, 270-300cm, 300-350cm, 350-400cm

Foliage Type



Not Native

Growth Height

Tall Growing

Growth Speed

Slow Growth

Trunk Type

Single Stem


Not Flowering


No Berries


Without Thornes


Not Toxic

Drought Tolerance


Sun Preference

Full Sun, Partial Shade

Colourful Foliage


Leaf Size


Natural Growth Style




Hard Wood Cutback?


Soil Type?

Clay Heavy, Sandy-Well Draining, Grows in most soil types

Natural Shape



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