Limelight Wood or Shield Fern (Dryopteris formosana)

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Limelight Wood or Shield Fern (Dryopteris formosana)

10.00

*Note: we are currently out of 4" starts but 5" starts are available for $10 each.

This is a beautifully distinctive species from many of the evergreen Asian Dryopteris currently in popular cultivation. The frond color is a most intense glowing yellow-green especially in the early stage of maturation. The stipe is equivalent in length to the triangular-shaped blade which helps to display the fronds strikingly. Both the apex of the frond and the well-developed lower pinnae terminate abruptly to long acuminate tips. The blade is bipinnate bipinnate throughout most of its length except for the upper apex and the basal pinnae. On these lowermost pinnae, the basiscopic pinnules next to the rachis are exaggeratedly lengthened and fully divided so as to resemble a miniature version of the bipinnate bipinnate pinnae further up on the blade, thus making those basal pinnae tri-pinnate in part. I always compare the look of these basiscopic pinnules to the long basal wing segments of the swallow-tail butterfly. The succeeding bottom pinnules echo this character in descending degrees until the tip of the basal pinna once more resembles those above. This whole concoction arises in a pinwheel fashion making this fern appear to be a flashing swirl of bright foliage in the landscape. 

Frond Condition:  Evergreen

Mature Size: 2-3'

Origin: Japan, Taiwan

Cultural Requirements:  Some Shade, Partly Shaded, Full Shade, Evenly Moist

USDA Zones: 5,6,7,8,9

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