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BLECHNUM gibbum

Image of Blechnum gibbum

Forest & Kim Starr

Family

Blechnaceae

Botanical Name

BLECHNUM gibbum

Plant Common Name

Brazilian Treefern, Dwarf Treefern

General Description

Dwarf tree fern is a perennial evergreen fern with bright green, lance-like fronds on a slender trunk-like rhizome. They appear in the center crown, unrolling upwards, resembling a fiddlehead. Over time, fronds can grow quite long and beautiful.

Plant dwarf tree fern in moist, fertile, acidic soil in shade and water frequently during the warmth of the growing season. Increased humidity aids in the best development of perfect fronds. Its formal appearance makes a striking accent in the shady tropical garden. Also this fern would be pretty as a containerized specimen in a shaded patio or courtyard pavillion.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 10

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    10 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 19, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Fern

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Shade, Full Shade

  • Height

    3'-6' / 0.9m - 1.8m (3)

  • Width

    3'-3' / 0.9m - 0.9m (3)

  • Native To

    Melanesia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Slow

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    None

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Light Green, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Mixed Border, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No