Cyathea dealbata (ponga, silver fern)
Cyathea dealbata commonly known as the silver fern, is a well known symbol of New Zealand, particularly in NZ’s sports teams. It grows in forests throughout the country. It can reach a height of 10m with a frond length of 2-4m. The shining green fronds have undersides of silver, hence the common name. The trunk is patterned with the bases of the fallen fronds. A sheltered site with shade or semi-shade and good moist soil is best. Mature specimens will tolerate some exposure and a measure of dryness but in these conditions do not look as good.