Finely Cut Fronds on Golden-Brown Stems

Buckler Fern

Item # 36370
Buy 3+ at $13.95 ea
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Evergreen in warmer climates, and hardy up to zone 4!

Lovely Upright Habit!
Vigorous and easy to grow, this buckler fern (or 'remote fern') boasts upright, golden brown stems and finely cut, semi-evergreen fronds, creating a feathery texture and adding some nice color to dark, wooded spots that can otherwise become drab.

The buckler fern (Dryopteris remota) is a hybrid of D. affinis and D. expansa. It combines the fine frond cutting (with margins deeply lobed and teethed) of D. expansa with the narrow, dense frond form and less leathery texture of D. affinis. It also enjoys the benefits of natural hybrid vigor, making the plant more robust than either parent.

This hybrid is fertile, meaning that it grows small spore-bearing dots called sori on the back sides of its leaves. Each sorus is protected by a convex, umbrella-shaped structure called an indusium. These spore-bearing structures are usually hidden from view, but make a fascinating point of conversation if you flip over the leaf to show someone. More importantly, these structures let your fern reproduce! Once established, this fertile hybrid will propagate to fill all the space available to it, thriving wherever the conditions are right for it.

A native of Europe, Buckler Fern prefers moist, humus-rich soil in shady spots with some wind protection. It is ideal as an underplanting for shade trees, particularly ones like Pine or Douglas Fir that produce an acidic leaf litter (due to the low levels of Calcium in their leaves). Let it fill your shady spots and wow you for years with its upright stems and incredibly fine foliage! Zones 4 to 8.

Item Form
4 - 8
Plant Height
24 in - 3 ft
Plant Width
18 in - 24 in
Additional Characteristics
Easy Care Plants
Foliage Color
Brown, Light Green, Medium Green
Light Requirements
Part Shade, Shade
Moisture Requirements
Moist,  well-drained
Cold Hardy, Deer Resistance, Disease Resistant, Heat Tolerant, Pest Resistant
Soil Tolerance
Normal,  loamy
Border, Foliage Interest, Ornamental, Outdoor, Fall Color
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