Thelypteris decursive-pinnata

(Fern, Japanese Beech)


Hardiness Zones:

 10a  10b  4a  4b  5a  5b  6a  6b  7a  7b  8a  8b  9a  9b

Quick Overview:

The Japanese beech fern (Phegopteris decursive-pinnata, synonym Thelypteris decursive-pinnata), is an easy deciduous ground cover which spreads at will, but not aggressively, in the comfort of light shade and compost. It serves extremely well where a bright green understory feature is desired for sparkle in the garden design. The simple lance-shaped fronds form a bushy overlapping colony and mature at 12″ to 24″.  (Courtesy of Missouri Botanical Gardens Plant Finder)

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Easily grown in moist soils in part sun to full shade. Prefers fertile, moist, humusy loams that are rich in organic matter. Soils should not be allowed to dry out. Avoid standing water. Site in locations protected from strong winds to prevent damage to the fronds. The old fronds should be cut off in late winter prior to the emergence of the new growth. Propagate by division or spores. Spreads by rhizomes to form colonies.  (Courtesy of Missouri Botanical Gardens Plant Finder)

Additional information

Common Name

Fern, Japanese Beech

Botanical Name

Thelypteris decursive-pinnata


1 gallon

Evergreen or Deciduous


Hardiness Zone

10a, 10b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b

Growth Rate


Light Requirements

Part-shade, Shade


to 2 ft.


3 ft.

Soil Condition

High in Organic Matter

Water Needs




Foliage Color


Deer Resistant


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