- Leather Wood Fern – Dryopteris marginalis Hardy Planting Zones- 3-8 Sun or Shade – Part Shade, Shade Mature Height - 18-23” Mature Width- 23-29” Bloom Season – Non-flowering Gardener Status- Beginner SHARE:
Leatherwood Fern - Dryopteris marginalis. The Leatherwood fern is an eastern North American perennial fern species native to the damp, woody areas from Texas to the Newfoundland region and it tends to thrive in moist, shady conditions. Although this evergreen fern gets its name from its thick leathery fronds, it is sometimes referred to as the "marginal wood fern" or "marginal shield fern" due to the location of its sori, or spore-producing structures, on the margins of its leaves. Young leatherwood ferns grow light green fronds, but that transforms into a blue, green color as it matures.
Leatherwood Ferns are best planted in areas that are like woodlands. They are native to north-eastern North America's forests. This plant has leathery green fronds. These leathery green fronds are arranged in a single-crowned clump. The foliage color is a deep green color giving it this lovely dark green foliage that is semi-evergreen. The fronds grow in a vase shape and then tapers to a point the blades then are lance-shaped and leathery hence its name. They are best used in woodland, like wildflowers, in containers, as a border. This plant has the unique accent, texture, and form. It will grow best in gardens that are moist, with dark conditions to it. This type of plant is secure and reliable. Leatherwood Fern is suitable for color. Leatherwood Fern has gotten their name due to their appearance; their fronds look somewhat leathery and thick.
It does just as good indoors as much as it does outdoors, it is not as vibrant as many of the other Ferns, but it is considered semi-evergreen which means it will still add color and vibrancy to a winter garden. It will look good as a border to a garden, or in a backyard with a lot of shade. If you have a garden that has the right conditions for this plant, it will make a beautiful addition to your garden. These plants are easy to grow in the right circumstances, and plants that will stay looking nice if it lives in the right conditions.