Japanese Fern Tree The small size - 20 or 25 feet - makes the fern tree a good choice for a small front yard for house or mobile home. Or it can be used in conjunction with other plantings, because the foliage has a unique tropical look. This small shade tree is evergreen and prefers full to part sun. It can get 20 to 25 feet but that takes quite a while, since it's is a slow to moderate grower.
Carey Ezell Landscape Design. Granite terrace and steps with field stone retaining wall and upper lawn surrounded by Frasier firs, Arborvitae 'Dark American', Rhododendron, variegated dogwood, holly, boxwood, and siberian cypress. Wall planted with Lady's mantle, boxwood and Japanese fern grass
The autumn fern (or autumn shield fern, Zones 5-8 or 9), another Japanese species (Dryopteris erythrosora), was always a very good plant, with bronzy coloring in spring and a lustrous surface to the foliage.