Japanese Beech Fern

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Lush glossy green crowns, Gorgeous bright-green fronds form upright verdant clumps of finely-textured greenery! The Japanese Beech Fern (Phegopteris decursive-pinnata) is a spreading groundcover Fern that adds lush beauty to shady gardens!

Lovely upright clumps of incised green pinnate fronds, slowly spread to colonize an area, filling any area with vibrant color. If you live in a warmer growing zone, these can be semi-evergreen in warmer climates!

With a wide range of habitats and conditions and many soil and moisture tolerances, Beech Ferns thrive near water sources or in dry soil once established. Hardy in a wide range of growing zones 4-9, these perennial Ferns add soothing lushness to their environment! Growing up to 2 feet in height and 18 inches wide at maturity, these are ideal for small spaces.

Planting and Application:

Ferns always bring a calming element to any garden space! Dappled shade, tree-lined understories, and shade gardens become magical wonderlands with a carpet of cooling greenery. Mix among other shade-loving perennials for a shady mixed border.

Great for underplanting beneath trees and shrubs for a woodland feel, these naturalize readily, yet politely to fill large spaces. Allow to ramble around a shaded Rock Garden or fill in borders along paths and line a shaded drive in greenery. Likewise able to handle moist sites, Japanese Beech Ferns also do well in moist lowlands, Rain Gardens, and other high-moisture areas.

Tolerant of coastal conditions and moist soil, plant these around water features, brooks, and ponds. Lovely as edging along gardens to ease the transition between lawn and landscaping beds, or as skirting around garden structures and gazebos, porches, and arbors, providing that finishing touch!

Small enough for container gardening and as lacy fringe around a feature plant as a colorful skirt, filler, and spillers! Plant a few of these stellar Ferns in your potted accents on porches, patios, and balconies.

  • Verdant Green Finely Pinate Leaves
  • Gorgeous Upright Fern & Mounded Crowns
  • Slow Spreading Groundcover
  • Semi-Evergreen in Warm Zones
  • Shade Gardens, Borders & Water Features

#ProPlantTips for Care:

These Ferns prefer part to full shade, favoring morning sun and afternoon shade, especially in the warmer growing zones, but handle more sun in cooler climates. Tolerant of both heat and cold, in areas with warm summers, you'll enjoy seeing your Fern remain semi-evergreen through mild winters.

Plant in a well-drained rich medium in highly organic soil on the acidic side. Preferring moist soil, these Ferns can tolerate dry shade once established. However, for the healthiest-looking plants and to protect your investment, provide supplemental watering in times of heat and drought and a 3-4 inch deep layer of arborist mulch over the root system.

Plant with Nature Hills Root Booster so the symbiotic support can start working with the plant's roots for the life of the plant. Prune in early spring to trim off any winter damage and divide every 3-5 years to keep the clumps growing vigorously. Provide a location with good air circulation and always clean dead fronds once they have died back for the winter or very early spring. These easy deciduous ground cover beauties add luxurious greenery to any shaded landscape!

  • Cold Hardy In Full Shade & Part Shade
  • Moist to Dry Shade
  • Tolerates Wet Soil & Acidic Sites
  • Wide Range of Tolerance
  • Deer & Rabbit Resistant

Order enough of these gorgeous Japanese Beech Fern to fill out your next project this year! Head over to NatureHills.com today and grab these before they're gone!

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.

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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
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 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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Japanese Beech Fern Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-9
Growing Zones 4-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Phegopteris decursive-pinnata
Type Perennial
Mature Height 18 - 24 inches
Mature Spread 12 -18 inches
Sun Exposure Full Shade, Partial Shade
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Green
Pollinator Friendly No
Pruning Time Early Spring