Western Sword Fern

Polystichum munitum

Native to North America, a hardy and robust shade-loving fern with upright, arching, emerald green fronds forming vigorous clumps of foliage. Thrives in shade, but is tolerant to warm, arid climates. Plant en masse to provide erosion control on banks or hillsides, or incorporate into a border planting.


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Western Sword Fern

Polystichum munitum
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1 gallon, 8"h x 11"w:3 / 5 gallon, 12"h x 14"w

Deciduous / Evergreen

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Special Features

Common Nursery Plant Forms

We use plant forms to describe how a plant has been grown in our nursery. Here are some common nursery plant forms explained.

A bush or multi refers to a shrub or small tree grown with multiple stems.

A standard has been trained to have a single trunk.
Many bush/multi plants are also available in standard form, so be sure to check the form when you add plants to your cart.

A column refers to a tree or shrub grown into a tall, narrow shape.

An espalier is a plant trained to grow in a two-dimensional form against a trellis.

Staked plants will be tied to a wooden or plastic stake during the growing process. This technique is generally used on vines but is sometimes used for certain trees or shrubs.