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Autumn Fern - Dryopteris erythrosora Hardy Planting Zones - 5-11 Sun or Shade – Partial to Full Shade Mature Height - 2' Mature Width- 18" Bloom Season – All Seasons Gardener Status - Beginner

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Autumn Fern - Dryopteris erythrosora. The Autumn Fern, Japanese wood fern, or copper shield fern, native to East Asia from the Philippines north to Japan and China. The plant is a perennial evergreen, herbaceous fern, which grows best in zones 5 to 9 on the Hardiness Zone Map. The Autumn Fern is often used for landscaping and is favorite for its bright-green color that is sustained for most of the year.

Dryopteris erythrosora is an Award-winning plant, in states across the country. Some of the awards include, one of Top Ten Perennials by the Georgia Perennial Plant Association, Great Plant Picks for the Maritime Pacific Northwest, Award of Garden Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society, as well as Florida Plant of the Decade.

Autumn Fern reaches about two feet in height, and one and a half feet in diameter at maturity.

A real stand out for the plant is their coppery-red and green triangular fronds, also sometimes seen as a pink hue. The fronds turn to a solid green color, as the plant matures. Fortunately, new ferns shoot up through most of the season, giving us more time to enjoy the sea of colors. Upon maturity, the fronds curve from the center of the clump to form an elegant vase shape. They work well for borders and backgrounds, due to its horizontal growth and thick foliage.

The Autumn Fern is relatively easy to grow, but some basic knowledge is needed. For healthy vigorous growth, an organically rich acidic soil should be used. The soil needs to be moist, but also needs to drain well. Watering should take place often enough, to keep the soil moist throughout the year. The ferns need to be grown in partial to full shade; they cannot take full sunlight. Early morning indirect light or late evening may be tolerated. 

Autumn Fern Ships as Bare Root 


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