Japanese Holly Fern
This stunning and unusual evergreen fern is the ideal plant for providing movement and texture to a shady spot.
Ferns have long been a trendy low-maintenance choice for growing in shady borders, and Cyrtomium fortunei 'Clivicola' is certainly a great one to add to the collection. Also known as Japanese Holly Fern, this striking architectural variety produces bold, gently arching fronds formed of chunky individual leaves. These broad, leathery fronds resemble the structure of a holly stem. With its bright green leaves, distinct black stems and upright habit, this variety looks stunning in a woodland or shady garden border and can also be grown in a large container. A fabulous show of new fronds will unravel in spring and last right through the year, providing not only colour but give structure to the garden too.
An impressive fern for growing in a sheltered, shady location in borders or pots.
Plant Type: Fern
Hardiness: H3 Half hardy. Minimum temperature -5 to 1. May survive outside all year round in milder areas.
Plant Height & Spread (at maturity): H 60cm x W 60cm (Mature age: 5 Years)
Foliage Colour: Green
Flower Colour: -
Fragrant Flower: No
Aromatic Foliage: No
RHS Award of Garden Merit: No
RHS Perfect for Pollinators: No
Foliage Type: Evergreen
Soil Type: Loam, Chalky, Sandy, Clay, Acid, Alkaline
Soil Drainage: Moist but Well Drained
Light Exposure: Part Shade, Full Shade
Planting Style: Informal Garden, Containers, Flower Beds & Borders, Urban Garden, Courtyard Garden, Coastal Garden, Woodland Garden
Season of Interest: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Cyrtomium fortunei 'Clivicola' (Japanese Holly Fern) grows best in a sheltered location in part or full shade and can be used in beds, borders, slopes, containers or as ground cover.
This variety loves any well-drained, moist soil. It can tolerate dry shade but will require regular watering until established. Mulch in spring with garden compost or bark chippings.
Water regularly throughout the first year to help the anchor the roots. Once established, this variety will require very little additional watering unless planted in very dry shade.
It's not necessary to feed your fern, although you can apply an occasional all-purpose liquid feed during the first season to help it to establish.
Cut back any old or tatty foliage in spring to make space for the fresh foliage to grow.
This variety isn't fully hardy so will need protection from winter cold, such as a thick layer of mulch, covering with horticultural fleece or to be moved into a cool greenhouse for winter. In milder areas of the UK and if grown in a sheltered location, this plant may survive the winter.