Thelypteris decursive-pinnata coll. #HH-03CH103

Japanese Beech Fern

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Item #: 5940

Zones: 4a to 8b, at least

Dormancy: Winter

Height: 12" tall

Culture: Part Sun to Light Shade

Origin: Asia

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

(syn: Phegopteris decursive-pinnata) Japanese beech fern is an unusual, but very easy-to-grow deciduous fern with narrow, coarse-textured fronds that have an upright growth habit. The clump spreads by short rhizomes to 3' wide in 3 years...very distinctive. For a groundcover to naturalize in a woodland garden, this fern can't be beat. That's has no flowers, no colorful foliage, and no attractive seed head...but just try making a woodland garden without ferns. This spore collection is from a 2003 Hans Hansen expedition, at 3500' elevation near the town of Ping Wu in China's Sichuan Province.