Christmas Fern, Polystichum Acrostichoides
USDA Climate Zone: 6 - 8
Tree Height: 2 - 3 Feet
Canopy Spread: 2 - 3 Feet
Soil Type: Moist Well-Drained Soils.
Sun: Partial Shade to Full Shade
The Christmas fern is native to the eastern regions of North America, and it performs well in zones 4-8. Sturdy, leathery fronds remain evergreen all winter through temperatures below zero. Unless heavy snow or ice force this beauty to the ground, it remains symmetrical and upright in the landscape.
Because it can reach a height of two feet at maturity, this plant makes a good background selection, along foundation walls, or in naturalized, wooded settings. It responds well in a soil pH of 5.6 to 7.8, so add some rich, organic matter to your shady, well-drained soil, and the work is done. You deserve a green, winter garden.