This small tree, which can reach between 10 and 20 feet in height, enjoys full sun, semi-shade or shade, and requires regular watering. It can be grown in the USDA hardiness zone 9-11, and makes an excellent addition to any garden that is seeking some ornamental foliage appeal.
Cyathea smithii will grow readily when planted in a pot in cold regions as well. Here, they will not only require regular water, but may need to be brought in during extreme cold spells in order to protect the delicate fronds and scale covered trunk. The pot should be large enough to house the shrub's generous root system, as it requires greater soil depths and creates extensive canopy that gives rise to its lacy fronds. Though it generally thrives in temperate climates, it has proven to be a surprisingly hardy species that can handle periods of drought and extreme temperatures, given adequate care.
For those with adequate space in warmer climates, the evergreen Cyathea smithii provides excellent beauty and can be a striking addition to any outdoor environment. If given the right conditions, and enough space to grow and spread, this small tree will not just boost your garden's ornamental appeal. It will become a beloved staple of your outdoor environment.