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Dicksonia antarctica (small size trunk)

Soft Tree Fern

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Few plants offer such riches as the Soft Tree Fern - Dicksonia antartica.

It somehow combines the filigree elegance of a fern with the size and presence of a tree and lends an air of the primordial forest wherever it is planted. Seen in silhouette, from above or beneath, it stops you dead in your tracks and takes your breath away.

Dicksonia antarctica has proved to be the easiest of the treeferns to cultivate - plenty of water to keep the trunk moist being the most important thereafter a position out of the wind and dappled shade will help keep it looking tiptop.

Dicksonia antarctica (small size trunk) Identification Sheet

Australia and Tasmania
Common name(s)
Soft Tree Fern
Part sun to full shade
moist, well-drained soil
Eventual height
6 m
Eventual spread
4 m
Hardy to -10C or lower
Skill level
Rate of growth

Pot sizes

With items such as ferns, juvenile tree ferns and herbaceous plants it is difficult to give the exact size of each species when such a wide range of plants are grown so we specify standard pot sizes to give an indication of the size and/or age of the plant you are buying.

Sometimes the pot size might vary slightly from the standard or we might listed as 2-3 litre pot, depending on the growers we purchased them from. However, the sizes of the plants are similar in height and spread.

Sometimes the plants might be photographed in decorative pots. However, please bear in mind that our plants are kept in plastic nursery pots.

Plant height

For the outdoor plants, that are meant to be planted in the ground, the height of the pot is excluded from the measurement. The height is measured from the top of the pot to the tallest leaf or branch of the plant.

All plants are measured when brought to our nursery, however, due to natural factors, the actual size of the plant might change over time due to adjustments to the environment. When picking multiple plants for an order, we aim to pick matching plants.

Product warranties

We can guarantee that the plants leave our nursery disease free, but weather and local conditions might affect their survival. Make sure you always make an informed purchasing decision.

The plants that leave our nursery are in the best condition, free of disease. Kept in adequate conditions (positioning and care), the plants are guaranteed for 3 months if they are planted in the ground or one year if they are kept in their original pots. Return policy applies only to plants that are in their original pots.

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Delivery location

Due to the nature of the consignments, the courier's drivers are not insured to carry goods through your property. The standard delivery location is the border of your property or the entrance of a communal space. If other arrangements need to be made, please get in touch with us as soon as the order is placed.
Vouchers and small boxes can be posted through the letterbox, provided there is unrestricted access to it. 

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Rated 4.74 on the scale 1 - 5 based on 17 customer reviews
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Great plant as before, thoughtfully packaging, very happy with packaging

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We are always very happy with the quality of plants and service here. We started buying tree ferns from the centre about10years ago. Our latest purchase was in August. We now have seven wonderful beauties to look at.

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This is the 2nd tree fern I have purchased from Palm Centre. I am always pleased with their excellent service providing good quality plants at a good price.

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I was really happy with the whole process. The fern came well packed, full of large green leaves and a few smaller ones that have recently unfurled. Good care tips and an authentication label to ensure it's responsibly sourced. I bought it as a gift for my partner and she was very happy!

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Very impressed with both the plant and service. The tree fern is really good quality and very good value for money. It was really well packaged and arrived very promptly. Would definitely buy this company again.

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I just love getting plants from the Palm Centre! They are so intelligently packed that they arrive in perfect condition. I received two tree ferns, complete with undamaged fronds yesterday. Whether I can keep them looking good remains to be seen but they have had the best of starts.

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<p>disappointed with my fern, the trunk was crooked in the pot and stands crooked, nothing like photograph of the advert, the trunk was meant to be a foot but it is under. I have just gone back to my purchase order and read the size I #<br /> should have been provided, it may be a foot from the base of the pot to top of trunk but that wasn't what I thought I was purchasing.</p><p style="margin-left:30px;"><strong style="color:#3f48cc;">Palm Centre Reply</strong><span style="color:#3f48cc;">: We're so sorry to hear you're not happy with&nbsp;the fern you bought some time ago now. We highly recommend to <br /> contact us shortly after you receive your plant so that we can proceed&nbsp;to a&nbsp;solution. <br /> Our policy says you can return the plant in original conditions within 30 days of receiving it and we will replace the plant or will refund your money back.<span style="color:#3f48cc;"></span></span></p>

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Very pleased with this purchase. It was delivered in good time and came with very helpful planting instructions. Followed them and now have new shoots starting up. Can't wait for them to grow more!

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Really pleased with our purchases. We got 3 and within days of planting are already showing new growth. The packaging was excellent and they arrived in perfect condition.

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Lovely product. Fast shipping. Excellent company. Will use again.

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Received tree fern in good condition and packaged really well very happy with product.

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I am really impressed with the quality of the tree fern I recieved today. I was a little nervous at first because I have never ordered plants, let alone a tree on the Internet before, but the service was second to none and my fern arrived two days after I ordered it! I was told other companies remove the fronds before they are transported so it was to my delight when I opened the parcel and found all the fronds intact and in perfect condition! I highly recommend this company and will use them again!!

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The Dicksonia Antarctica is beautiful. My favourite plant in the garden. We ordered 1ft of trunk in early May, along with several other plants (palms and bananas). The fern as the fronds unfold is magnificent. Loved it so much ordered another for family. It's going to be interesting to see what happens over winter.

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I ordered a 1ft Dicksonia it arrived well packed &amp; in excellent condition, I would certainly buy from you again.

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I am truly delighted with my tree fern, (and the free Palm was a bonus). It far surpasses my expectations and already has several beautiful, very healthy new fronds waiting to unfurl. Customer service is 2nd to none as the staff &amp; delivery driver pulled out all the stops to find me when there was an issue with my delivery location. I shall definitely be using The Palm Centre again in the near future. Thanks guys

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I am so pleased with the tree ferns that I purchased from you last spring. They look lovely.Such good quality items with god packing and good delivery and good prices.

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A fantastic plant to add that exotic touch to a shady part of the garden. I push a thick layer of straw into the crown and upper 2 feet of the trunk in autumn and cover with plastic, remove in April and stand back as a huge flush of bright green delicate fronds emerge each May!

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