Photo by JLBG taken at Juniper Level Botanic Gdn, NC
Tukusicola Giant-leaf Holly Fern
This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.Shop Available Cyrtomium
Item #: 4830
Zones: 6a to 10b
Height: 18" tall
Origin: China, Japan, Taiwan
(aka: Cyrtomium macrophyllum var. tukusicola) Cyrtomium tukusicola hails from the mountains (3,000' - 8,000' elevation) of Japan, Taiwan, and much of southern China, but is somehow mostly missing from garden cultivation. This apomictic (self-gratifying and self-cloning) species forms an 18" tall x 18" wide evergreen clump. While each pinna (fern leaf) is larger than most other holly ferns, there are far fewer of them...for us, 2-4 on each side of the stipe, and a large trifurcate (3-forked) pinna at the tip. The dark black stipe color bleeds into the lower leaf veins for an attractive effect.