As the common name suggests, it is noted for massive caudex (crown or woody base) that is covered with long brown scales. Fronds grow upward from the outside of the crown usually producing a symmetrical vase of greenery. In cold winters, fronds remain green but recline to spread flat along the ground.
Thick stemmed wood fern is a semi-evergreen fern that is native to wooded slopes in northeastern Asia. It typically grows in a handsome vase-shaped form to 3.5’ tall.