Dryopteris x remota

(Fern, Remote Wood)


Hardiness Zones:

 4a  4b  5a  5b  6a  6b  7a  7b  8a  8b

Quick Overview:

Dryopteris remota, the scaly buckler fern or remote wood fern, is a fertile hybrid between Dryopteris affinis and Dryopteris expansa. It displays some of the finer characteristics of each parent from the crown?s golden scales inherited from D. affinis to the fine textured light green foliage of D. expansa. It is one of the earliest ferns to appear in the spring bringing joy to the winter weary garden and gardener. The evergreen lanceolate fronds fan out and form a lusty 2 to 3 foot bush in good light with no particular soil requirements. This exceptionally drought tolerant hybrid is a popular selection in Zones 4-8

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Easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in part shade to full shade. Prefers fertile, moist, humusy loams that are rich in organic matter. Best with consistent moisture. Soils should not be allowed to dry out. Site in locations protected from strong winds to prevent damage to the fronds. Tolerant of high humidity. Fronds are evergreen to semi-evergreen in mild winter areas. Where deciduous, the old fronds should be cut off in late winter prior to the emergence of the new growth. Propagate by division or spores.

Additional information

Common Name

Fern, Remote Wood

Botanical Name

Dryopteris x remota


1 gallon

Evergreen or Deciduous


Hardiness Zone

4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b

Growth Rate


Light Requirements

Part-shade, Shade


to 3 ft.


to 3 ft.

Soil Condition


Water Needs




Foliage Color


Deer Resistant


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