Dryopteris championii

(Champion's Wood, Fern)


Hardiness Zones:

 5a  5b  6a  6b  7a  7b  8a  8b  9a  9b

Quick Overview:

Dryopteris championii, Champion?s wood fern, shimmers year round in the woodlands and is one of the best for flaunting evergreen fronds above snow levels in winter. Emerging foliage is fleetingly fleeced with minute silvery hairs soon yielding to the mature lacquered deep green foliage that distinguishes this beauty. Fronds ranging in height from 2 to 3 feet are open and airy giving a buoyant lightness to the surroundings. Do be advised and patient, however, as the new growth can be deceptively late in the spring. This import from Japan, China and Korea excels in gardens from Zone 5 to 9

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Easily grown in average, medium moisture soils in part shade to full shade. Best in part shade. Prefers moist, humusy soils rich in organic matter. Site in a location sheltered from strong winds to protect the fronds. Plants slowly spread by short creeping rhizomes.

Additional information

Common Name

Champion's Wood, Fern

Botanical Name

Dryopteris championii


1 gallon

Evergreen or Deciduous


Hardiness Zone

5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b

Growth Rate


Light Requirements

Part-shade, Shade


to 3 ft.


to 3 ft.

Soil Condition

High in Organic Matter

Water Needs




Foliage Color


Deer Resistant


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