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LeawoodGardener

LeawoodGardener
Leawood, KS
(Zone 5b)

May 8, 2012
11:48 AM

Post #9115906

Last spring I bought three ferns called 'Arbor Vitae Fern' at a local nursery. I was attracted to them because the foliage was very interesting - it actually looks like an arbor vitae bush! The tag said these low-growing ferns were hardy, but I'm always skeptical of exotic looking plants I haven't seen in other gardens in the region, so I planted them next to the bench in my shade garden and figures they would probably not emerge this spring, but I would enjoy them for one season.

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LeawoodGardener

LeawoodGardener
Leawood, KS
(Zone 5b)

May 8, 2012
11:53 AM

Post #9115909

Happily, I was wrong. The 'Arbor Vitae' Ferns are emerging this spring and seem to be doing well. I have not seen them at a nursery this year, but if I do, I'd like to add one or two somewhere else.

Is anyone else familiar with this variety? Do they reproduce?

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CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

May 8, 2012
12:04 PM

Post #9115930

I believe these reproduce by spores although they're not a true fern. I saw some references for Selaginella braunii in the DG guides. Lucky you - they're hardy to about zone 6. I had wanted some a few years back but didn't think they'd survive here.

LeawoodGardener

LeawoodGardener
Leawood, KS
(Zone 5b)

May 8, 2012
12:28 PM

Post #9115961

We had an exceptionally mild winter, so it could be a fluke. I was afraid they would not be hardy (I really get angry when I discover a local nursery offering something that is not hardy in my zone) and I was willing to chalk them up to experience, but I'm glad they survived. I wish they would spread throughout the shade garden, but if they aren't hardy, that would just add to my disappointment.
CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

May 9, 2012
7:15 AM

Post #9117007

I think I read that they are slow-growing so doubtful they'd spread like, say, ostrich ferns. Perhaps your bench there is offering some protection. Maybe after another growing season of settling in, they might be able to survive a colder winter???

LeawoodGardener

LeawoodGardener
Leawood, KS
(Zone 5b)

May 9, 2012
8:37 AM

Post #9117153

We'll see. Meanwhile, I'll just enjoy them. Thanks for the info.

Gary
CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

May 9, 2012
1:41 PM

Post #9117508

Keep us posted on how they survive. I might be able to indulge in one myself. :)

LeawoodGardener

LeawoodGardener
Leawood, KS
(Zone 5b)

May 31, 2012
10:51 AM

Post #9146257

The 'arbor vitae' ferns are still growing. I'd like to find a couple more to add to the garden.

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CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

June 1, 2012
7:21 AM

Post #9147478

Those look great! How are they handling the heat?

LeawoodGardener

LeawoodGardener
Leawood, KS
(Zone 5b)

June 1, 2012
7:53 AM

Post #9147535

They had no problem last summer - so far this year, we've not had sustained heat. It's coming, though.
back40bean
Decatur, GA
(Zone 7b)

June 1, 2012
12:14 PM

Post #9147836

They do pretty well for me here in GA. I've seen them around enough that I thought they might be native here but, spurred by your questions, I looked it up and it is not native here though it has naturalized.
CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

June 1, 2012
5:22 PM

Post #9148283

I'm thinking I'd have to do mail order to get one here. Have never seen them for sale locally. And they're so pretty.

postmandug

postmandug
Bardstown, KY
(Zone 6a)

June 2, 2012
6:26 AM

Post #9148728

Cindy, this wholesale nursery says they are Z5 hardy. Might have to invest in a couple myself. They're very pretty.
http://www.pendernursery.com/Catalog/Types/Ferns.html

Doug

postmandug

postmandug
Bardstown, KY
(Zone 6a)

June 2, 2012
6:28 AM

Post #9148733

And it's available at Plant Delights Nursery for $15.
http://www.plantdelights.com/Selaginella-braunii-Brauns-Arborvitae-Fern/productinfo/1506/

CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

June 4, 2012
6:42 AM

Post #9151366

Doug - you are the enabler. :) Actually, I did look around at a nice nursery up in Holland, MI over the weekend but didn't see any. I was thinking they might have them since they're a whole zone warmer than me. Thanks for those links!

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