Cyrtomium fortunei


Cyrtomium fortunei in a 5 litre pot.

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Cyrtomium fortunei is a gorgeous species of fern that belongs to the Dryopteridaceae family. With its evergreen foliage and stunning appearance, this plant is a popular choice for gardeners looking to add a touch of elegance and sophistication to their outdoor space. Native to eastern Asia, Cyrtomium fortunei can grow up to 1 meter in height and is characterized by its dark green, leathery fronds that are arranged in a distinctive shuttlecock-like shape. The fronds are glossy and have a wavy edge, adding to their overall beauty and charm. One of the most attractive features of Cyrtomium fortunei is its ability to thrive in a wide range of conditions. This fern can tolerate a variety of soil types and lighting conditions, making it an excellent choice for gardens and landscapes with varying growing conditions.Overall, Cyrtomium fortunei is a stunning fern that is sure to captivate and enchant anyone who sees it. Its evergreen foliage, shuttlecock-like shape, and low-maintenance nature make it an excellent choice for gardens and landscapes of all sizes and styles.

Key Facts

  • Common Name(s):Fortune’s cyrtomium
  • Hardiness:Half hardy and would benefit from protection through Winter.
  • How big will I get? Cyrtomium fortunei can grow to a height of 1.2m and a spread of 1m.
  • Did You Know That:Cyrtomium fortunei is commonly known as the fortune’s holly fern, as it was named after Robert Fortune, a 19th-century Scottish botanist who introduced many Asian plants to the Western world?

Plant Calendar

A rough guide to how this plant will change through the year.

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Foliage Colour

Care Guide

Soil Requirements

Cyrtomium fortunei prefers moist but well-draining soil. This plant can grow in soil with a wide range of pH levels, it is not picky about the pH level of the soil.

Best Position

Cyrtomium fortunei prefers a sheltered position and is perfect for darker areas of your garden it likes either full or partial shade.


Cyrtomium fortunei is fairly low maintenance and doesn’t require any pruning. Remove any dead or damaged fronds in early Spring to tidy the plant up but this is simply for the plant’s aesthetic and is not mandatory.

Pest, Diseases and Wildlife

Cyrtomium fortunei is generally pest free, and it tends not to have problems with diseases.

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