With lots of tree fern varieties for sale you can choose from small growing to taller types as well as tree ferns suited to different climates and soils.
Some have smooth trunks, some rough and some have very slender trunks. Used as ‘Statement’ or ‘Architectural’ plants they grow well outdoors in a range of climate zones, and being an understory plant, some varieties are especially suited to grow indoors in containers.
Major Tree Fern Varieties
- Cyathea australis (Rough Tree Fern) Found from Queensland to Tasmania as well as on Norfolk Island.
- Cyathea australis dealbata (Silver Tree Fern) – Well know as one New Zealands national emblems. Named for the silvery white appearance of the underside of the fronds.
- Cyathea brownii (Norfolk Island Tree Fern) – Hardy fast growing and also known as Sphaeropteris excelsa.
- Cyathea cinnamonii (Cinnamon Tree Fern) –
- Cyathea cooperi (Lacy Tree Fern or Australian Tree Fern) is on of the faster growing tree ferns.
- Cyathea cunninghamii (Slender Tree Fern) Now known as Alsophila cunninghamii, as well as the ‘Gully Tree Fern’, a slender trunk
- Cyathea medullaris (Black Tree Fern) The largest of the tree ferns from New Zealand
- Cyathea robusta (Lord Howe Island Tree Fern)
- Cyathea tomentosissima (Highland Lace Tree Fern) This is a smaller growing trees fern to around 2m in height.
- Dicksonia antarctica (Soft Tree Fern or Tasmanian Tree Fern)
- Dicksonia baudouinii – This one is from New Caledonia, a short trunk to around 3m.
- Dicksonia fibrosa – From New Zealand and suited to growing in pots.
- Dicksonia squarrosa – Another from New Zealand. slender trunk and suited to growing in containers.
- Cyathea cooperi X C.brownii – This is a hybrid and it goes by the name of ‘Little Aussie Larikin’