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FERNS
In reference of "Gardenforms Landscape Plant Guide", Chapter 9

Adiantum capillus-veneris (SOUTHERN MAIDENHAIR FERN)
Climate Zone: 5-9, 14-24; H1, H2
Exposure: Shade to partial
Character:
Evergreen, cold deciduous (fern)
Watering: High
Growth Rate: Moderate
Height/Width: 12-18" x 12-18"
Foliage: Light green
Uses:
  • Shade Exposure
  • Deer Resistant
Photo Taken: 
Asplenium bulbiferium (MOTHER FERN)
Climate Zone: 15-17, 20-24; protected in zone 14; indoors
Exposure: Shade to partial
Character:
Evergreen (fern)
Watering: Moderate to high
Growth Rate: Moderate
Height/Width: 3-4' x 3-4'
Foliage: Dark Green
Uses:
  • Shade Expsoure
  • Indoor Use
  • Deer Resistant
Photo Taken: 
Asplenium nidus (BIRD'S-NEST FERN)
Climate Zone: 23, 24; H2; indoors (seen grown in zone 19)
Exposure: Shade to partial
Character:
Evergreen (fern)
Watering: Moderate to high
Growth Rate: Slow
Height/Width: 3-4' x 3-5'
Foliage: Upright, long, glossy bright green leaves
Uses:
  • Shade Exposure
  • Indoor Use
  • Deer Resistant
Photo Taken: Maui, HI
Cibotium glaucum (HAWAIIAN TREE FERN)
Climate Zone: 17, 23, 24; H2
Exposure: Sun to partial
Character:
Evergreen (tree fern)
Watering: High
Growth Rate: Very Slow
Height/Width: 15-20' x 12-15'
Foliage: Large, mid-green
Uses:
  • Deer Resistant
Photo Taken: 
Cyathea cooperi (AUSTRALIAN TREE FERN)
Climate Zone: 15-24; H1, H2
Exposure: Sun to partial, but shade tolerate
Character:
Evergreen (tree fern)
Watering: Moderate
Growth Rate: Moderate to fast
Height/Width: 15-20' x 10-12'
Foliage: Large mid-green
Use:
  • Shade Tolerate
  • Deer Resistant
Photo Taken: Richmond, CA
Cyrtomium falcatum (JAPANESE HOLLY FERN)
Climate Zone: 5-9, 14-24; H1, H2; indoors
Exposure: Shade to partial
Character:
Evergreen (fern)
Watering: Moderate to high
Growth Rate: Moderate
Height/Width: 2-3' x 2-3'
Foliage: Glossy, dark green
Use:
  • Shade Exposure
  • Indoor Use
  • Fire Resistant
  • Deer Resistant
Photo Taken: Corona del Mar, CA (Sherman Garden)
Dicksonia antarctica (TASMANIAN TREE FERN)
Climate Zone: 8, 9, 14-17, 19-24; H1
Exposure: Sun to shade
Character:
Evergreen (tree fern)
Watering: High
Growth Rate: Slow
Height/Width: 12-15' x 8-12'
Foliage: Pale green leaves maturing to mid to dark green
Uses:
  • Shade Exposure
  • Deer Resistant
Photo Taken: Walnut Creek, CA
Matteuccia struthiopteris (OSTRICH FERN)
(sold also as: M. pensylvanica)
Climate Zone: A1-A3; 1-10, 14-17
Exposure: Sun to shade
Character:
Evergreen, cold deciduous (fern)
Watering: Moderate to high
Growth Rate: Fast
Height/Width: 4-6' x 3-4'
Foliage: Pale green
Uses:
  • Shade Exposure
  • Deer Resistant
Photo Taken: 
Microlepia strigosa (LACE FERN)
(sold also as: Microlepia speluncae)
Climate Zone: A1-A3; 1-10, 14-17
Exposure: Shade to partial
Character:
Evergreen, cold deciduous (fern)
Watering: Moderate to high
Growth Rate: Fast
Height/Width: 4-6' x 3-4'
Foliage: Dark green
Uses:
  • Shade Exposure
  • Deer Resistant
Photo Taken: 
Nephrolepis cordifolia (SOUTHERN SWORD FERN)
Climate Zone: 8, 9, 12-24; H1, H2
Exposure: Shade to partial
Character:
Evergreen (fern)
Watering: Moderate
Growth Rate: Fast
Height/Width: 2-3' x 4-5'
Foliage: Long, narrow mid-green
Uses:
  • Shade Exposure
  • Invasive (possibly)
  • Erosion Control Slope Planting
  • Fire Resistant
  • Deer Resistant
  • Can grow under or around Oaks
Photo Taken: El Sobrante, CA
Nephrolepis exaltata (BOSTON SWORD FERN)
Climate Zone: 23, 24; H2
Exposure: Shade to partial
Character:
Evergreen (fern)
Watering: Moderate
Growth Rate: Fast
Height/Width: 3-5' x 5-7'
Foliage: Long, narrow pale green
Uses:
  • Shade Exposure
  • Indoor Use ('Bostoniensis' variety)
  • Deer Resistant
Photo Taken: 
Platycerium species (MOOSE STAGHORN FERN)
Climate Zone:
Character:

Watering:
Growth Rate:
Height/Width:
Photo Taken: Corona del Mar, CA (Sherman Garden)
Polystichum californica (California Sword Fern)
Climate Zone:
Exposure:
Character:

Watering:
Growth Rate:
Height/Width:
Foliage:
Uses:

Photo Taken: Samuel P. Taylor State Park, CA 
Polystichum munitum (WESTERN SWORD FERN)
Climate Zone: A3; 2-9, 14-24
Exposure: Shade to partial; seen in full sun
Character:
Evergreen, semi-deciduous (fern)
Watering: Moderate to high
Growth Rate: Moderate
Height/Width: 2-4' x 2-4'
Foliage: Dark green
Uses:
  • Shade Exposure
  • Deer Resistant
  • Can grow under or around Oaks
  • CA Native
Photo Taken: San Francisco, CA (California Academy of Science)
Polystichum polyblepharum (JAPANESE LACE FERN)
(sold also as: Polystichum setosum)
Climate Zone: 4-9, 14-24
Exposure: Shade
Character:
Evergreen (fern)
Watering: Moderate to high
Growth Rate: Slow to moderate
Height/Width: 2-3' x 2-3'
Foliage: Dark green
Uses:
  • Shade Exposure
  • Deer Resistant
Photo Taken: 
Polystichum setiferum (SOFT SHIELD FERN)
Climate Zone: 4-9, 14-24
Exposure: Shade
Character:
Evergreen (fern)
Watering: Moderate to high
Growth Rate: Slow to moderate
Height/Width: 2-4' x 2-4'
Foliage: Dark green
Uses:
  • Shade Exposure
  • Deer Resistant
Photo Taken: Walnut Creek, CA (Pero Residence, Tice Creek)
Rumohra adiantiformis (LEATHERLEAF FERN)
Climate Zone: 14-17, 19-24; H1, H2
Exposure: Sun to partial
Character:
Evergreen (fern)
Watering: Moderate
Growth Rate: Moderate
Height/Width: 2-3' x 2-3'
Foliage: Dark green
Uses:
  • Deer Resistant
Photo Taken: 
Woodwardia fimbriata (GIANT CHAIN FERN)
Climate Zone: 2b-9, 14-24
Exposure: Shade to partial
Character:
Evergreen, semi-deciduous (fern)
Watering: Moderate
Growth Rate: Moderate to fast
Height/Width: 4-6'+ x 3-4'+ wide (can grow up to 9' tall in the wild)
Foliage: Mid-green
Uses:
  • Shade Exposure
  • Deer Resistant
  • CA Native
Photo Taken: El Sobrante, CA