We put two new ferns into production this year in an attempt to expand the evergreen varieties we carry. This year we chose Dryopteris tokyoensis (Tokyo Wood Fern) and Dryopteris dilata ‘Jimmy Dyce’ (Jimmy Dyce Wood Fern). Trying to descibe them on paper is tough. They are both a green fern, but once up close and in person, these two are pretty unique from each other and from other evergreen ferns.
Dryopteris tokyoensis (Tokyo Wood Fern) grows very upright with narrow fronds that are rounded. It grows quickly but only to a mature height of 36”. Tokyo Wood fern, if you can imagine, comes from Japan. It’s a shade lover, like most ferns, that needs well drained soil but not dry. It is also hardy to zone 4, very suitable for the Pacific Northwest. However I would be careful about to much moisture in the winter months causing root rot.
Dryopteris dilata ‘Jimmy Dyce’ (Jimmy Dyce Wood Fern) also has another name Dryopteris austriaca. This is a short stocky fern (like a gnome) that stays at at a height between 12 and 24”. Much like the habitat of a gnome, this wood fern likes to live in acidic woodland soil. It easily adapts to new surroundings has a wrinkled texture. This also is hardy to zone 4.
Thanks to Casa Flora for the photos!
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