Common Tree Fern

Cyathea dregei

The Common Tree Fern grows in forest openings, ravines and mountain grasslands up to 2,300m above sea level in South Africa, Swaziland and Zimbabwe and northwards into equatorial Africa. It can grow to a height of around 7m, though usually only about half that, with the fronds (leaves) growing to 3m in length! The Common Tree Fern is a protected species in South Africa and, although it is a favoured though difficult to care for garden feature, plants may not be removed from the wild. They’re quite resilient in the face of fire and frost.

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