Apple Court Japanese Painted Fern

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Apple Court Japanese Painted Fern

  • Shade Loving Plant
  • Easy to Grow
  • Gray-Green Foliage
  • Creates a Whimsical Picture
  • Versatile Plant
  • Deer Resistant
  • 12-18 Inches Tall
  • Gorgeous, Full Foliage
  • Durable Plant

The Apple Court Japanese Painted Fern (Athyrium niponicum var. Pictum 'Apple Court') is a gorgeous statement in any home garden or landscape.

The cool colors offered on this plant can create a beautiful contrast in colors when planted near bright flowers.

This fern grows from 12-18 inches tall, the perfect size for that shady corner you'd like to add life to!

Being a shade loving fern is the reason why this plant is so loved! Many plants need full sun, so those dark areas can be hard to liven up! Not to worry when you get the Apple Court Japanese Painted Fern!

There are so many details to love about this plant, it will win your heart over instantly! Order one today!

How to Use Apple Court Japanese Painted Fern in the Landscape

If you're needing borders in a shady yard, use multiple Apple Court Japanese Painted Ferns to brighten up the area and to create the border you're needing!

Since this fern is amazing in part sun, you can easily use them as edging for your yard! It doesn't have to be super shady for these to thrive. The colors will truly create a fun contrast.

Another great way to display this fern is using them around ponds or stream banks. The natural, fun shapes the leaves grow into and the cool colors look gorgeous when planted near water. Just keep in mind the soil should still be well drained and evenly moist.

Shady trees can look a little sad without friends near! Plant a few of these stellar ferns underneath the tree for a full and grown look. This will make your yard feel complete.

#ProPlantTips For Care

This plant thrives in part shade to full shade environments. Too much heat from the sun can hurt its leaves! Take advantage of this shade loving plant and use it creatively!

For soil, plant in well drained and evenly moist soil. This ensures the roots won't drown and your fern will grow to its full potential.

Water regularly like any other plant! If the fern is feeling dry, give it a good soak. This plant likes having moist soil. While in its first growing season, water every day unless it rains so it can become established in its environment!

This is a pretty low maintenance plant that grows beautifully on its own! Order the Apple Court Japanese Painted Fern today from Nature Hills!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 19.99
20 - 49.99 21.99
50 - 69.99 24.99
70 - 99.99 29.99
100 - 129.99 34.99
130 - 149.99 41.99
150 - 150+ Approx 27%

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Apple Court Japanese Painted Fern Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-8
Growing Zones 5-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Athyrium niponicum var. pictum 'Apple Court'
Type Perennial
Mature Height 12 - 18 inches
Mature Spread 12 - 18 inches
Sun Exposure Full Shade, Partial Shade
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Soft Gray Green
Pollinator Friendly No
Pruning Time Early Spring
Fragrant Not Applicable