Apricot Fern (Dryopteris varia)

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Apricot Fern (Dryopteris varia)

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At last I am on terra firma with this one!  The spore came from Dr. John Mickel's garden in New York.  The fronds are broadly ovate to deltoid and bipinnate with more or less falcate pinnae.  The texture of the fronds is glossy, tough and leathery with the surface having a subdued tone accentuated by dark veining.  This is one of those distinctive dryopteris where the lower basal pinnule of the basal pinna is greatly elongated and curved, making for a dramatic swoop of foliage.  In locations with enough light exposure, new growth will emerge with an apricot tinge and slowly fade to a bright glossy green.  This fern occurs through much of China, Japan, Korea, and the Philippines, and although it occasionally grows in exposed sites it usually prefers partial shade.

Synonyms (also sold as):  Casaflora has been selling this dryopteris species under the name "Golden Mist" with the species listed as labdorii

Frond Condition: Evergreen

Mature Size: 1-2'

Origin: Eastern Asia

Cultural Requirements: Shade, Part Shade, Moist

USDA Zones: 6, 7, 8, 9

Notes: Apricot to Mahogany colored new growth

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