Acrostichum danaeifolium

giant leather fern

Pteridaceae


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Plant Specifics

Form: fern
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 6 - 12 ft    Width: 5-10 ft
Fruit Color: fruit color      brown
Phenology: evergreen
Noted for: Interesting foliage

Landscaping

Recommended Uses: Specimen plant or mass background planting in moist areas. Could be used as a hedge. As this fern gets very tall, it is not appropriate as a groundcover.
Considerations: Not drought tolerant.
Availability: Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales
Light: light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
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Salt Tolerance: Highly salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, clay, loam, organic material (muck)
Soil pH Range: circum neutral

Ecology

Used as cover.
Native Habitats: Brackish and freshwater marshes, swamps, river floodplains.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range

USDA Zones:

Map is based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:
   9A,9B,10A,10B,11

Other

Other Comments: Can be cut back to improve appearance, but should not be severely pruned more than once a year. Spores cover undersides of leaves giving them a bi-color appearance.