- New York Fern-Thelypteris noveboracensis Hardy Planting Zones- 4-8 Sun or Shade – Partial Shade to Full Sun Mature Height - 12-24" Mature Width- 18-24" Bloom Season – Gardener Status- Beginner
New York Fern - Thelypteris noveboracensis
The New York fern is a perennial fern species localized along the eastern United States as well as portions of Canada. It is most frequently observed in the Appalachians and the Atlantic Northeast where it grows in the form of spreading colonies in forests. Its yellow-green evergreen leaf structures and shape make it a desirable ornamental plant species for new foliage groundcover in garden habitats among homeowners and plant enthusiasts. This fern is known to be reasonably invasive in specific environments where it displays dense groundcover with rapid, multiplicative growth. This species is a wetland indicator and is commonly observed in riparian areas around swamps or streams with a relatively acidic soil pH, which is the optimal soil condition for New York fern growth. It is often favored by decorative garden enthusiasts as it can easily facilitate the covering of empty spaces in the ground that remains unoccupied by other various plant species. It requires a relatively minimal amount of water in comparison with other deciduous plant species and thrives in a partially shaded habitat that still supplies a fair amount of light energy from the sun. Ultimately, the New York fern, or tapering fern, represents a fascinating perennial species with colonial-like growth that allows it to appear voluminous and vibrant in any ecological environment. The tapering quality of the frond is an incredibly attractive addition to any ornamental or environmental display, and the low maintenance requirements of the species make it ideal for busy homeowners who cannot work full-time in their gardens.