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Cyrtomium tukusicola
@ Juniper Level Botanic Gdn, NC

Cyrtomium tukusicola

Tukusicola Giant-leaf Holly Fern

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Item #: 4830

Zones: 6a to 10b

Height: 12" tall

Culture: Light Shade

Origin: China, Japan, Taiwan

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L) ?

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(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.