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Christmas Fern - Polystichum acrostichoides
Christmas Fern is a clumping-form beauty with attractive evergreen fern with upright arching fronds and alternating blue-green, glossy, lanceolate, leaflets. DThis hardy fern is not to be confused with the Boston Fern, a tropical species heavily used seasonally as annual in hanging baskets throughout the United States. Get all the details below

Christmas Fern - Polystichum acrostichoides

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Christmas Fern
Polystichum acrostichoides


USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 3a-9b  Find Your Zone



Special Attributes

Christmas Fern is an attractive, clump-forming evergreen fern with upright arching fronds and alternating blue-green, glossy, lanceolate, leaflets. This hardy fern is not to be confused with the Boston Fern, a tender tropical species heavily used seasonally as annual in hanging baskets throughout the United States.




Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing up to 2 feet tall and 2 feet wide, the Christmas Fern is ideal for use as an accent, in groupings, or mass planted in shade and woodland gardens, home foundation plantings, around or near the garden pond or other bodies of water, and for underplanting upright Japanese maples and other ornamental or shade trees. Just make sure its permanent home gets no direct afternoon sun. Filtered or dappled afternoon sun is okay.




Cultural Preferences

The Christmas Fern is easy to grow in a variety of moist but well-drained soils in part shade to full shade. It prefers a consistently moist soil rich in organic matter. This fern is evergreen and will retain green foliage throughout the winter in moderately cooler to warmer climates. In extremely cold climates it may be deciduous depending on the severity of cold winter winds and temperatures.




Helpful Articles

Click on a link below to find helpful advice from our experts on how to plant, fertilize, prune and water perennial ferns.







Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 3a-9b  Find Your Zone
Plant Type:  Evergreen Perennial
Height at Maturity:  24"
Width at Maturity:  24"
Spacing:  18" for mass plantings
Growth Habit / Form:  Arching, Clumping, Upright
Growth Rate:  Moderate
Flower Color:  None
Flower Size:  NA
Flowering Period:  NA
Flower Type:  NA
Fragrant Flowers:  NA
Foliage Color:  Green
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Berries:  No
Berry Color:  NA
Sun Needs:  Full Shade or Part Shade, Morning Sun With Afternoon Shade 
Water Needs:  Average
Soil Type:  Clay (amended), Loam, Sand (amended), Silt 
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Moist to Well Drained Moist
Soil pH:  6.5 - 7.5 (Slightly Acid to Slightly Alkaline)
Maintenance / Care:  Low
Attracts:  Visual Attention
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Drought, Heat, Humidity, Insect, Moist Soil, Rabbit, Shade



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