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Leatherwood Fern


Description: Leather Wood Fern – Dryopteris marginalis Hardy Planting Zones- 3-8 Sun or Shade – Part Shade, Shade Mature Height - 18-23” Mature Width- 23-29” Bloom Season – Non-flowering Gardener Status- Beginner
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    Leatherwood Fern - Dryopteris marginalis


    The Leatherwood fern, also known as the marginal wood fern, is a non-flowering fern known for its leathery, evergreen fronds. The leaves are gray-green, with spore cases along the margins. The Leatherwood fern grows erect, taking on a vase-like form. This appearance makes the fern an excellent specimen plant, though it can also be grown in groups. In nature, the leatherwood fern is found in mountainous areas, and it prefers moist, fertile soils. It does not tolerate wind and is frequently grown in protected, shaded areas where it acts as an accent plant to shade ground covers like hostas, or wildflowers. Many gardeners place the leatherwood fern in rock gardens, wild and natural gardens or along wooded areas. It is a native to inland regions of the American South where it grows in rocky areas. Like most ferns, its growth rate is slower than that of other foliage plants. Since the leatherwood fern is frequently grown alongside more vigorous plants, its slower growth rate isn't an issue. It will fill in your landscape with contrast and whimsical fronds within a few growing seasons. The plant has no insect or disease issues and is easy to grow and maintain. If your property is rocky, shady or in need of a soft touch, then the leatherwood fern is an excellent choice for your landscape. It can also be grown in mixed containers with annual wildflowers, where it adds height and architectural interest. Additionally, the leatherwood fern's foliage can elegantly frame a walkway or shaded porch.
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    1. Can go anywhere

      Anywhere you have shade this can grow on Mar 31st 2017

    2. Fantastic

      Loved all my service so far on Mar 31st 2017

    3. Happy Customer

      I am overall pleased with all I have gotten so far and how my plants are turning out on Mar 31st 2017

    4. Healthy and growing

      These are growing great in the area next to my building and love the amount of shade that they are getting. on Mar 29th 2017

    5. Hubby wants to mow it

      My hubby wants to mow them down cause I talk about them so much! LOL on Mar 28th 2017

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