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PlantFiles: American Umbrella Leaf
Diphylleia cymosa

Family: Berberidaceae (bear-ber-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Diphylleia (dy-fil-LEE-uh) (Info)
Species: cymosa (sy-MOH-sa) (Info)

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Partial to Full Shade
Full Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

Seed Collecting:
Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive chaz1951 On Feb 16, 2015, chaz1951 from Beavercreek, OR wrote:

I thought this was native to the northwest, but I guess it must have come from the eastern U.S. It seems to grow everywhere except in areas of full sun. Dry, wet, sandy, clay, loamy, you name it, it grows there. On my property it grows along my driveway in the clay and gravel where it gets very dry in the summer. It also grows alongside and in the stream bed of a spring. I pulled up some of the runners (tubers?) that it sprouts from and buried them in a garden area under an apple tree and it happily spread out across that area. It's a great-looking plant, very tropical looking for this area, and very easy to grow.

Positive coriaceous On May 24, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

I've seen this plant in several gardens, but nowhere flourishing as well as at the Garden in the Woods, Framingham MA. It's a showy plant, first for its big bold bat-shaped foliage, which it keeps till fall, second for its showy blue fruits on cherry-red stems, and third for its short-lived white flowers held just above the leaves in late May. Where happiest, it's said to reach 4-5' tall.

Grows from a short rhizome. The leaves, when emerging, may be attractively though transiently marked with red/brown.

It will survive in well-drained soils in shade, with frequent irrigation, but it's native to woodland stream banks in the southern Appalachians, and grows best and biggest in wet soil situations. It's said not to do well where summer nights often stay above 70F.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Framingham, Massachusetts
Elk Rapids, Michigan
Boone, North Carolina
Beavercreek, Oregon

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