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Wet Soil: High

Dry Soil: High

Lime: Medium

Pterocarya stenoptera ‘Fern Leaf’ is a captivating deciduous tree that is native to the regions of China. It is admired for its unique foliage and graceful appearance. The tree has earned the name ‘Fern Leaf’, due to the resemblance of its leaves to those of a fern.

Leaves are green and pinnately compound. They exhibit a delicate, lacy appearance, similar to that of ferns. In spring the tree will produce green catkins. These hang as though they are on a string and are a valuable source of pollen and nectar for various pollinators, including bees and butterflies. Once these are ripe, they give way to seeded wingnuts which are dispersed by the wind.

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11m high x 6m wide after 25 years


Great for avenues and streets.


Limbs are diagonally ascending and crown is irregular.


Narrow, deeply divided fern like leaves. Pinnately compound. Green and does not change colour in autumn.


Long green catkins followed by wingnuts which are dispersed by the wind.


Prefers full sun but can survive in partial shade. Flourishes in fertile soils, even those that are damp or wet. While it can handle paving, it's not suitable for windy coastal conditions.

Available As:

Semi-Mature, Super Semi-Mature

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