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Lophosoria quadripinnata

diamondleaf fern

An evergreen fern with triangular fronds held on upright stems and reaching up to 3m tall, eventually forming large clumps of foliage. Each frond is two or three times divided into leaflets that are coloured mid- to dark green with silvery undersides

Synonyms
Lophosoria pruinata
Alsophila pruinata
see moreLophosoria glauca

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Size
Ultimate height
2.5–4 metres
Time to ultimate height
20–50 years
Ultimate spread
1.5–2.5 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Green Grey
Autumn Green Grey
Winter Green Grey
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

South–facing or East–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H3
Botanical details
Family
Dicksoniaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Bushy, Clump forming
Name status

Correct

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in a moist but well-drained, humus-rich soil in partial or full shade in a sheltered position

Propagation

Propagate by sowing spores or by division

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Architectural
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Patio and container plants
Pruning

Dead or damaged fronds may be removed as necessary

Pests

Generally pest-free

Diseases

Generally disease-free

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