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PlantFiles: Japanese Shield Fern, Autumn Fern
Dryopteris erythrosora 'Brilliance'

Family: Dryopteridaceae
Genus: Dryopteris (dry-OP-ter-iss) (Info)
Species: erythrosora (er-rith-roh-SOR-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Brilliance

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

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)

Sun Exposure:
Partial to Full Shade


Bloom Color:
Dark Purple/Black

Bloom Time:

Grown for foliage

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

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From spores

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive kerrybee On Aug 18, 2010, kerrybee from Astoria, OR wrote:

Have two of these and they are in their third year in pots on my shaded deck. (2010). Fronds are nearly 36". Glossy, and the color variation with new growth is spetacular. Still producing new fronds in mid August 2010. Can benefit from a bit more bright light and early morning sun than some ferns. Slower both seasons to produce new fronds and while evergreen, it looks best to cut off damaged ones. Just be patient and don't cut until new fronds have emerged.

Positive thomasappell On May 31, 2010, thomasappell from Trabuco Canyon, CA wrote:

I live in southern california (South Orange County 92679) in a neighborhood where the summer temperatures are 90 -100 degrees three months per year. We get a frost once per year or so in the winter. I planted an autumn fern under a large oak tree that is doing great! It gets some filtered morning sunlight but is in shade the rest of the day. The orange colored new growth is strikingly beautiful on 24" stalks. A gorgeous fern for a shaded area in a warm climate.

Positive SudieGoodman On Mar 29, 2005, SudieGoodman from Broaddus, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Sudie Goodman, Zone 8b, Broaddus, Southeast TX
This strong, Japanese Shield Fern grows well in our sub-tropical area in Angelina National Forest.
It grows along roadside under pine, oak, and blackjack tree canapies.
I potted same and it is disease, fungi, and insect resistent.
Thanks for the nice photo.


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

, (2 reports)
Dothan, Alabama
Gurley, Alabama
Opelika, Alabama
Coto De Caza, California
Hayward, California
Bartow, Florida
Marietta, Georgia
Chicago, Illinois
Greenville, Indiana
Crofton, Maryland
Easton, Maryland
Salem, Massachusetts
Winchester, Massachusetts
Forked River, New Jersey
Jamesburg, New Jersey
Poughkeepsie, New York
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina (2 reports)
Chesterland, Ohio
Williamsburg, Ohio
Newalla, Oklahoma
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Salina, Oklahoma
Astoria, Oregon
Portland, Oregon (2 reports)
Walterville, Oregon
Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Clarksville, Tennessee
Tullahoma, Tennessee
Broaddus, Texas
Crockett, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
New Caney, Texas
Lexington, Virginia

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