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Dryopteris × australis (Dixie woodfern)

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Dryopteris × australis

Dixie woodfern

(syn. D. celsa x D. ludoviciana)

Dryopteris x australis is a natural hybrid (D. celsa x ludoviciana) found in wild populations from Louisiana to Virginia, but is a superb garden plant as far north as Zone 5. It is taller than either parent and a formidable addition to the garden.

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3-4 Feet


2-3 Feet


18 Inches

Bloom Color

USDA Hardiness Zone 5-9

Dixie woodfern Interesting Notes

Dryopteris x australis, the Dixie wood fern, a hybrid between its fellow southerners, Dryopteris celsa (log fern) and Dryopteris ludoviciana (southern shield fern) offers the garden and gardener an outstanding option for an elegant, hardy and tall structural element. Dense bushes of bright green 4 to 5 foot fronds with contracted tips bearing abortive spores are semi evergreen and enjoy life in moist shade. This sterile hybrid, though southern in origin is wonderfully versatile and will withstand cold winters and do well in areas of high summer heat as well. Welcome it to your garden beds in Zones 5-9. - Casa Flora

The genus name Dryopteris means "oak fern" in Greek, because the plant is often found in oak forests.

Dryopteris × australis Growing and Maintenance Tips

Prefers moist, rich, well-drained, acidic soils in full to partial shade. Best used as a vertical accent in the woodland or shade garden or as a specimen plant.

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Full Shade
Full Shade
Part Sun
Part Sun
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant

Additional Information

Soil Moisture Needs
Plug Type
Landscape Plug™
Green Infrastructure
Bioretention/Rain Garden
Native to North America
Propagation Type
Tissue culture