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Phegopteris decursive-pinnata

Japanese beech fern

A deciduous fern to around 50cm high, with upright to arching, narrow, pinnatifid fronds up to 80cm long. Fronds are pale green when young and take on a slight blue-green tint when mature

Synonyms
Thelypteris decursive-pinnata

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Size
Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
5–10 years
Ultimate spread
0.5–1 metres
Growing conditions
Clay
Loam
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Poorly–drained
pH
Acid, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Green
Autumn Green
Winter
Position
  • Full shade
  • Partial shade
Aspect

East–facing or North–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H6
Botanical details
Family
Thelypteridaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Clump forming
Name status

Correct

Plant range
China, Japan

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in moist soils in part or full shade. Spreads slowly by rhizomes. See how to grow ferns for further advice

Propagation

Propagate by spores, sown as soon as ripe, or by division in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Patio and container plants
  • Low Maintenance
  • Flower borders and beds
  • Ground cover
  • Underplanting of roses and shrubs
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Generally pest-free

Diseases

Generally disease-free

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