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PlantFiles: Fortune's Net Veined Holly Fern, Hardy Japanese Holly Fern
Cyrtomium fortunei

Family: Dryopteridaceae
Genus: Cyrtomium (sir-TOH-mee-um) (Info)
Species: fortunei (for-TOO-nee-eye) (Info)

Synonym:Phanerophlebia fortunei
Synonym:Polystichum fortunei
Synonym:Polystichum falcatum var. fortunei
Synonym:Aspidium falcatum var. fortunei

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15-18 in. (38-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

Sun Exposure:
Partial to Full Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From spores

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Cretaceous On Mar 24, 2007, Cretaceous from El Sobrante, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

This attractive fern is native to Vietnam and has thrived here in zone 9b. (Not common in local nurseries).

Neutral wallaby1 On May 17, 2006, wallaby1 from Lincoln
United Kingdom (Zone 8a) wrote:

I have always felt just a little disappointed with this fern, perhaps it is because I prefer the looks of Cyrtomium falcatum, but it is less hardy and will not tolerate hard frosts.

I planted one either end of a raised bed 7 years ago, they have been slow to bulk. It is possibly the wrong position for them, they are fairly shaded but do get some sun, and in dry spells the fronds tend to look dry. When it first unfurls it's fronds it does look OK, a wetter position may be more suitable for it.

Neutral Baa On Aug 22, 2002, Baa wrote:

Evergreen fern from East Asia.

Has pale green, pinnate fronds which vaguely resemble a Holly (Ilex) leaf.

Loves a moist but well-drained, fertile soil in shade.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

El Cerrito, California
Chicago, Illinois
Peoria, Illinois
Plainfield, Illinois
Coram, New York
New Bern, North Carolina
Amherst, Ohio
Cincinnati, Ohio
Astoria, Oregon
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Springfield, Virginia

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