On Feb 6, 2012, bikerlady from Summerfield, FL wrote:
Have grown this plant in South Florida where it flourished year long, and lately in Central Florida where it can sometimes go into freezing weather. I have covered the plant and have also left it uncovered during those freezing periods. The result seems to be the same. It has been beaten back with fronds turning brown, but it has survived and continued to grow from a little thing when I planted it six years ago, to over six feet tall, and it reaches this height every year, no matter what kind of beating it gets in the winter. It gets full sun every day and is somewhat protected by being planted up into an angle of the house. I believe Summerfield FL is zone 8. It is one of the most beautiful plants I have ever had in my gardens.
These beautiful tree ferns grow well in Hawaii. I know people on the Big Island who use them as a natural greenhouse for their commercial anthurium growing operation. Beneath twin rows of these ferns grow the anthuriums of every color and variety. Genius!
On Aug 14, 2009, mattycindy from Christchurch New Zealand wrote:
This tree fern is easily recognized by its distinctive silvery underside of the frond. Young plants are however green underneath.
It is found throughout New Zealand in lowland to montane forests.
It is easily grown and will tolerate drier conditions than the other tree ferns. Does best in a sheltered site with shade or semi shade and good moist, well-composted soil is best. Suitable for growing in a large pot too.
On Sep 9, 2003, kennedyh from Churchill, Victoria Australia (Zone 10a) wrote:
This is a New Zealand tree-fern, growing commonly all over New Zealand, mostly on dry forested hillsides. The fronds are silvery on the under surface and give rise to one of the emblems of New Zealand, the silver fern.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Bee Ridge, Florida Fort Lauderdale, Florida Saint George, Florida Summerfield, Florida Woodland, Washington