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
Ships As - Bareroot Plant
The Christmas fern is native to the eastern regions of North America, and it performs well in zones four through eight. Sturdy, leathery fronds remain evergreen all winter through temperatures below zero. This makes it a great choice for year round color and will be a welcomed site during the cooler months of the year. 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. The leaves and fronds are a beautiful rich green and will accent all the other plants in the area as well as being striking all on their own. This fern will also help with erosion problems and will work to keep soil in place. This makes it ideal for planting on slopes or hills in the landscape. This plant is tough and hardy and will not die easily. In addition, it is easy to take care of and will not take much to maintain throughout the years. The leaves from this plant are also used in Christmas floral arrangements and even wreaths. Plant under trees, in rocky soils or on slopes, this plant will excel and become a favorite in the garden area.