Dryopteris erythrosora


Dryopteris erythrosora in a 1 litre pot.

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Dryopteris erythrosora, commonly known as the Autumn Fern, is a stunning and popular fern species that is native to East Asia. This plant is prized for its beautiful coppery-red fronds that turn a lustrous, deep green as they mature, giving it a unique and striking appearance in the garden. The fern features arching fronds that emerge a rich coppery-red color in the spring, gradually maturing to a deep green as the season progresses. The fronds are deeply cut and feathery, giving the plant a delicate and graceful appearance. Dryopteris erythrosora prefers well-draining soil and partial to full shade, making it an excellent choice for woodland gardens or shady areas of the landscape. The plant is also relatively drought-tolerant, although it benefits from regular watering during periods of dry weather. One of the most attractive features of Dryopteris erythrosora is its ability to produce new fronds throughout the growing season, which gives the plant a lush and vibrant appearance all year round. The fronds also provide excellent winter interest, as they remain evergreen in mild Winters. Overall, Dryopteris erythrosora is a beautiful and unique fern species that is sure to add texture, color, and interest to any garden or landscape. Its distinctive appearance, hardiness, and ease of care make it an excellent choice for both beginner and experienced gardeners alike.

Key Facts

  • Common Name(s):Copper shield fern
  • Hardiness:Fully hardy through most of the UK
  • How big will I get? Dryopteris erythrosora can grow to a height of 0.8m and a spread of 0.8m.
  • Did You Know That:The name Dryopteris means Oak Fern in Latin?

Plant Calendar

A rough guide to how this plant will change through the year.

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Foliage Colour

Care Guide

Soil Requirements

Dryopteris erythrosora thrives in wet or damp soil with decent drainage or in poorly draining soil. This plant can grow in soil with a wide range of pH levels, it is not picky about the pH level of the soil.

Best Position

Dryopteris erythrosora prefers a sheltered position and is a very versatile plant that can cope with full shade, partial shade, or full sun.


Dryopteris erythrosora doesn’t require any regular pruning. Any dead or damaged fronds that take away from the overall look of the plant can be removed as they appear.

Pest, Diseases and Wildlife

Dryopteris erythrosora is generally pest free, and it tends not to have problems with diseases. It is not considered to be toxic.

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