Acrostichum danaeifolium

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Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

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

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Giant Leather Fern


Plant Specifics

Size:6 - 12 ft tall by 5-10 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Fruit Color:Brown
Phenology:Evergreen. Fertile fronds present nearly year round.
Habitats:Brackish and freshwater marshes, swamps, river floodplains.


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.

Light: Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
Moisture Tolerance: Aquatic ----- to ----- Usually moist, occasional inundation
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Tolerant of inundation with brackish water
Salt Spray Tolerance:High. Can tolerate significant and ongoing amounts of salty wind and salt spray without injury.
Soil/Substrate:Clay, Loam, Organic material (muck), Sand



Used as cover.