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This is a hardy evergreen native fern that's still green at Christmas time. Small, glossy, and beautiful. (Polystichum acrostichoides)

Zones 3 - 9
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Native
Native
Winter Interest
Winter Interest
Light Requirements
Half Sun / Half Shade
Half Sun / Half Shade
Full Shade
Full Shade
Mature Plant Size 18-24" tall, 12-24" wide
Bloom Time Foliage plant all summer
SKU 17ORN
Christmas Fern is one of the native treasures of the American woodland. With glossy green fronds that are usually under two feet in length, it can be found decorating the forest floor over much of the continent. The long-lasting glossy fronds and the plants very orderly habit (slow to spread) make it perfect for rich garden accents.
Associated SKUs
15FERNG
15FFERN3 (Bag of 3) - Out of stock.
17ORN (Plant - 2.5" pot)
Common Name Christmas Fern
Botanical Name Polystichum acrostichoides
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Half Sun / Half Shade, Full Shade
Mature Height 18-24" tall
Estimated Mature Spread 12-24" wide
Bloom Time Foliage plant all summer
Planting Depth Plant so that the top of the root is 1" below the soil line.
Ships As Bare Root
Foliage Color Green
Foliage Native evergreen fern
Native Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer
Soil Type Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil, Moist/Wet Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Moist/Wet, Well Draining
Advantages Deer Resistant, Native, Winter Interest
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Canada No

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American MeadowsChristmas Fern
 
3.0

(based on 7 reviews)

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57%

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1.0

Plant too small

By 

from Rocky Hill, CT

About Me Avid Gardener

Pros

    Cons

    • Died Immediately
    • Small In Size

    Best Uses

    • Shade

    Comments about American Meadows Christmas Fern:

    Shipping container was so small. I planted it with the Lady Fern which grew fine but this Christmas Fern was a bad plant.

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    • Personal
     
    4.0

    Native choice for Chesapeake Watershed

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    from DC-MD suburbs (7a)

    About Me Avid Gardener

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Chesapeake Native
    • Native For Chesapeake Wat

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about American Meadows Christmas Fern:

        Chose this & Lady Ferns because they're on the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service "Native Plants for Wildlife Habitat and Conservation Landscaping: Chesapeake Bay Watershed" list. Planting in a wooded spot in the garden that backs up to a parking lot. Only saying 4 stars now since they've just started - will let you know how well they take in the long run....

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        5.0

        A winter hardy fern that has done well.

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        from Tyler, Texas

        About Me Master Gardener

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Accurate Instructions
        • Attractive
        • Hardy
        • Healthy
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Container Planted
          • Outdoors
          • Patio

          Comments about American Meadows Christmas Fern:

          I purchased this fern for a container accent plant.
          I has grown to a larger size and is attractive.
          Neighbors have asked me if it is real! Still green during cold weather.

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          1.0

          Very disappointed again

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          from Southport, NC

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          Comments about American Meadows Christmas Fern:

          Plant barely grew..it is spindly and ragged.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Healthy, growing plants

          By 

          from Pasadena, MD

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          Pros

          • Easy to plant
          • Was delivered on time

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Good For Less Sunny Areas

            Comments about American Meadows Christmas Fern:

            I'm starting a fern collection in my shadier areas and these are a pleasing addition with their bright green shades.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Nothing merry about this fern

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            from Hanley Falls, MN

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            Comments about American Meadows Christmas Fern:

            This fern did not come up this spring.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Perfect Addition

            By 

            from Northern Virginia

            Comments about American Meadows Christmas Fern:

            Wanted to add some additional Christmas fern to my woods. Purchase them last fall. They are coming big and strong. Looking forward to enjoying them next winter when everything else dies back.

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            USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

            To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

            • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
            • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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