Japanese Tassel Fern

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Gorgeous symmetrical greenery, A fantastic addition to the landscape! Growing perfectly symmetrical in leaf and form it's difficult to imagine why the incredible Japanese Tassel Fern (Polystichum polyblepharum) isn't a part of every landscape! The dark-green fronds are highly ornate, with pointed leaves and leaflets. Their leathery fronds and perfectly divided toothy edges create an elegant appearance!

The glossy, leathery foliage forms perfect vase-shaped clumps that cascade one leaf over the next in symmetrical perfection! The arching fronds are highlighted by a chocolate brown stem as each new fiddlehead unfurls from the center of the plant.

These award-winning easy-to-grow Ferns are pest and problem-free! Hardy throughout USDA planting zones 5 to 8, these lovely perennial to evergreen Ferns grow about 2 feet in height and width, these are ideal for small spaces.

Planting and Application:

Use Japanese Tassel Fern as a glorious specimen and focal point plant by placing it in a prominent, shade garden location. Plant in your favorite urn in a position of distinction to further highlight its beauty! Container and balcony gardeners will benefit greatly from this fantastic plant, regardless of how much room you have to work with!

Perfect specimen plants and incredible low-growing facer plants, we're sure you'll find they enhance any part of your garden that you tuck them into! Not minding sharing the spotlight, plant this modestly sized plant among mixed borders or Perennial beds that are basked in dappled shade. Or create a mixed Fern specimen planting by incorporating this lovely accent among its other vase-shaped Fern cousins!

For a formal, structured touch to Asian-inspired and Zen gardens, woodland gardens, both Rain and Rock Gardens, or as shaded edging along your favorite paths and driveway, the evergreen nature of this plant will add year-round interest if you live in a climate with mild winters.

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.

  • Award-Winning Fern!
  • Gorgeous Symmetrical Fronds - Pointed Leaves & Leaflets
  • Glossy Incised Double Compound Foliage
  • Dark Green With Chocolate Brown Mid-Rib
  • Elegant Fountain of Vase-Shaped Growth
  • Fantastic Shade Specimens, Edging, Accents & Container Plants

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Hardy in USDA growing zones of 5 through 8, this perennial Fern can be evergreen in areas with mild winters. Growing 18-24 inches tall and wide, Tassel Ferns enjoys partial to full shade, with a preference for afternoon shade from the hot sun and full shade in hot climates. They will appreciate the drying power of the morning sun.

Choose a highly organically rich, moist, and fertile location in well-drained soil. Best in consistently moist soil, while establishing, and afterward water weekly to ensure lush, full growth. A generous layer of mulch helps retain soil moisture as well as insulate the root system from heat and chill.

Prune this Fern, or clean up dead debris or old fronds in early spring before the new fiddleheads unfurl. Otherwise, these are easily grown, low-maintenance plants that are deer, rabbit, pest, and disease-free! Divide every 3-5 years to keep the clumps growing vigorously.

  • Part Shade & Full Shade
  • Slightly Acidic Well-Drained Soil
  • Consistently Moist Soil
  • Evergreen in Mild Winters
  • Easy Care & Low Maintenance - Deer, Rabbit & Pest Free

Get fine-textured shade garden beauty by ordering your own verdant perfection for your landscape today from NatureHills.com! Start enjoying the elegant beauty the Japanese Tassel Fern brings to any environment!

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
#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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20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
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100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
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Japanese Tassel Fern Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-8
Growing Zones 5-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Polystichum polyblepharum
Type Perennial
Mature Height 18 - 24 inches
Mature Spread 18 - 24 inches
Sun Exposure Full Shade, Partial Shade
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate to High & Adaptable
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Green
Pollinator Friendly No
Pruning Time Early Spring