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Buckler Fern
Finely Cut Fronds on Golden-Brown Stems

Buckler Fern

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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.

Genus Dryopteris
Species remota
Item Form 1-Quart
Zone 4 - 8
Habit Upright
PlantHeight 24 in - 3 ft
PlantWidth 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
Resistance Cold Hardy, Deer Resistance, Disease Resistant, Heat Tolerant, Pest Resistant
Soil Tolerance Normal,  loamy
Uses Border, Foliage Interest, Ornamental, Outdoor, Fall Color
Restrictions Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands
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