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Dryopteris cristata

Crested Woodfern

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Crested Woodfern is an evergreen fern. The tall, fertile fronds die back in the winter, but the infertile fronds stay green throughout the winter...

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Description:

Crested Woodfern is an evergreen fern. The tall, fertile fronds die back in the winter, but the infertile fronds stay green throughout the winter months. Recommended for wet, shady sites, where other plants may not thrive. Use it in woodland or shady gardens.

Plant Details:

Other Common Names: Crested Shield Fern

Plant Type: Fern

New Jersey Native: Yes

Deer Resistance: Some

Salt Tolerance: Low to None

Hardiness Zone: 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b

Physiographic Region: All Regions in NJ

Soil Characteristics

Soil Type: Loam, Organic, Clay

Soil Moisture: Medium-drained, Wet

Soil pH: Acidic, Slightly Acidic

Light Needs of Plant

Optimal Light: Shade

Light Range: Partial Shade, Shade

Water Needs of Plant

Soil Moisture: Medium-drained, Wet

Drought Tolerance: Low

Size and Growth Rate

Height: 1.5 - 3 ft

Spread: 1.5 - 2.5 ft

Growth Rate: Medium