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Audubon Native Christmas Fern and native birds
Small Native Christmas Fern product shot
Native Christmas Fern leaf on white background
Native Christmas Fern
Native Regions map for Christmas Fern
Chipping Sparrow
Northern Mockingbird
Carolina Wren
White-Eyed Vireo
Audubon Native Christmas Fern and native birds
Small Native Christmas Fern product shot
Native Christmas Fern leaf on white background
Native Christmas Fern
Native Regions map for Christmas Fern
Chipping Sparrow
Northern Mockingbird
Carolina Wren
White-Eyed Vireo


  • May Benefit & Attract: Wrens, sparrows, mockingbirds & thrashers, vireos
  • The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow.
  • This bird-friendly native trees provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
  • All Audubon® branded trees are grown 100% Neonic-free by Bower & Branch, making these plants safer for the birds and safer for the environment.
  • Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
  • Ships in a plant-safe designed box


Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 3-9
  • Mature Height: 1-2' tall
  • Mature Width: 2-3' wide
  • Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade
  • Spacing: 2-3' apart

Audubon® Native Christmas Fern

Bower & Branch Trees and Plants

Polystichum acrostichoides

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Why plant Audubon® Native Christmas Fern?

Deck the halls with boughs of Christmas Fern! Or, better yet, leave the lush greenery in your garden to provide cheer throughout the year. Christmas Fern is a joyful Spirit that gets its name from the fact that its evergreen foliage is present at Christmastime. More imaginative people believe it gets its name from its L-shaped leaflets, which look like tiny green Christmas stockings. In any case, this is an enchanting plant to have in the garden at any time of year. Use it in natural woodland plantings and shady formal borders alike. Well behaved and easy to grow.

Christmas Fern brings fresh greenery to the forest floor all over the eastern United States, from Iowa to East Texas and east to Maine and Florida. It is a fairly common Fern, especially where the soil is rather alkaline. It likes well-drained—even rocky—soil, and is more tolerant of dry conditions than many other Ferns, once established. This is a small, compact species that doesn’t spread very quickly. In rural areas, the young fiddleheads may serve as forage for grouse and wild turkeys. Ground-nesting birds like ovenbirds and veeries may occasionally nest among Christmas Ferns.

How to use Audubon® Native Christmas Fern in the landscape?

Got deer? Ferns are usually a safe bet where deer are a problem. They provide needed greenery in the shady woodland garden spaces where deer may come looking for a meal, but deer tend to leave them alone. Christmas Fern is troubled by few pests of any kind and is relatively carefree.

Why Bower & Branch?

We do the hard part. Our trees and plants are grown and cared for by only the best, local growers for years before they find their forever home in your landscape. Bower & Branch is known for having hard-to-find, substantial sizes and selection. The quality of our trees and plants are consistent in health and vigor—always ready for immediate impact in your garden and instant curb appeal. We believe in empowering homeowners with the truth about strong, healthy and structurally sound plants that are grown to perform in the ground after they leave the nursery for home delivery, always fresh inventory from the grower

Audubon is devoted to protecting birds and the places they need, while Bower & Branch is devoted to the growth of true native trees and plants–no cultivars or hybrids. Together, we strive to unite communities in conservation and inspire individuals to cultivate a better world for birds starting in their own backyards, balconies, or patios. By guiding and recommending trees and plants truly native and beneficial to your region, we can really start to make a difference.

What is the definition of Native?

“In the United States, a native plant is defined as one that was naturally found in a particular area before European colonization. Native plants are the foundation of a region’s biodiversity, providing essential food sources and shelter for birds, especially those threatened by the changing climate. Since native plants are adapted to local precipitation and soil conditions, they generally require less upkeep, therefore helping the environment and saving you time, water, and money.” – The National Audubon Society

Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program.

Audubon® is a licensed and registered trademark of the National Audubon Society. All rights reserved.

How To Plant Audubon® Native Christmas Fern

Although Christmas Fern is one tough Spirit, treating it well will reap rewards. This means giving it a premium spot in the landscape where it will receive dappled sunlight or shade throughout the day. This Fern also appreciates rich, organic soil that holds some moisture but drains well and doesn’t stay soggy after a rain. Regular irrigation is important for lush growth, especially if plants are competing with tree roots for water. Christmas Fern goes dormant in the winter. Cut the spent fronds back in early spring, just before the new growth emerges.

How To Fertilize

Incorporate Elements Starter Plant food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer, start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant food granular form on an annual basis each late fall. Continue this for the first three years to get your plant well established.

Planting Zones

Hardiness Zone: 3-9

How Does Shipping Work?

Size AA & AAA (our Treelings, Shrubs, Bushes, and Perennials) will be shipped directly to your home by a common carrier. Ships in a plant-safe designed box within 5-7 business days.

Our Guarantees

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