Polystichum neolobatum

Asian saber fern, Long eared holly fern

Fern Facts


Hardiness (USDA zones): 5-8 — Very cold hardy

Size: 1.5' - 2'

Size (cm): 46cm-61cm

Height and Spread: Medium - 1' to 3' in height or spread in 5 years

Water Needs: Drought Tolerant

Origin: Asia, China, Himalayas, Japan, Taiwan


One of the toughest and most striking of evergreen ferns with its lustrous, dark green foliage.  Very drought-tolerant after initial period of establishment, but fronds will scorch in direct sun.  

This is by far one of the best evergreen ferns available! The Asian saber ferns grows to be about 2 1/2 ft. tall with an open, upright habit.  The fronds are a shiny, leathery, deep green.  They remain this way ALL YEAR LONG!!!  Snow, freezing temps., nothing seems to phase this fern. It prefers full to part shade and once established is very drought tolerant. This is a great fern to put in a spot that you frequently look at throughout the year, as it always looks great.  Can be used as a specimen but is best when grown in groups of 5 or more.  Plant fairly close together for best effect.

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