Best grown in consistently moist, humusy, slightly acidic soils that are rich in organic matter in part shade to full shade. The best pale green colour usually occurs in part shade. Soils should not be allowed to dry out. Spreads very slowly by runners from an erect rhizome.
Phegopteris decursive-pinnata, commonly called Japanese beech fern, is native to river banks, hillsides, and forested roadsides in Japan, South Korea, northern Vietnam, and China. It is a deciduous fern that typically grows 1-2’ tall from an erect rhizome. It is a vigorous grower that forms a clump of narrow, upright, pinnate to 2-pinnatifid, light green fronds that are tapered at both ends and have winged rachis.