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Dryopteris erythrosora (Copper shield fern)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.75m
Max height
0.75m
Max spread
5-10 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Dryopteris erythrosora

Other names

Copper shield fern, Japanese shield fern, Aspidium erythrosorum, Autumn fern

Genus

Dryopteris Dryopteris

Species

D. erythrosora - D. erythrosora is a compact, clump-forming, semi-evergreen fern with broadly ovate, bi- or tripinnate fronds and red young spores (sori). Fronds are bronze- to copper-pink when young turning semi-glossy and dark green with age.


Dryopteris erythrosora is: Semi evergreen

Habit

Compact, Clump-forming, Spreading

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

Insignificant or absent in All seasons

Foliage

Bronze, Flushed pink in Spring; Dark-green in Summer

How to care

Watch out for

General care

Pruning

Remove dead or damaged fronds.

Propagation methods

Division, Spores


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Where to grow

Dryopteris erythrosora (Copper shield fern) will reach a height of 0.75m and a spread of 0.75m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Cottage/Informal, Beds and borders, Low Maintenance, Underplanting, Wildflower, Foliage only

Cultivation

Grows in most cool, moist, lightly shaded sites. Will grow in full sun if soil remains moist. Tolerates dry shade if watered regularly in first growing season and mulched well.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moisture-retentive, Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Shade

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

Botanical name

Dryopteris erythrosora

Other names

Copper shield fern, Japanese shield fern, Aspidium erythrosorum, Autumn fern

Genus

Dryopteris Dryopteris

Species

D. erythrosora - D. erythrosora is a compact, clump-forming, semi-evergreen fern with broadly ovate, bi- or tripinnate fronds and red young spores (sori). Fronds are bronze- to copper-pink when young turning semi-glossy and dark green with age.

Native to

Garden origin

Foliage

Semi evergreen

Habit

Compact, Clump-forming, Spreading

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

Insignificant or absent in All seasons

Foliage

Bronze, Flushed pink in Spring; Dark-green in Summer

General care

Pruning

Remove dead or damaged fronds.

Propagation methods

Division, Spores


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Dryopteris erythrosora (Copper shield fern) will reach a height of 0.75m and a spread of 0.75m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Cottage/Informal, Beds and borders, Low Maintenance, Underplanting, Wildflower, Foliage only

Cultivation

Grows in most cool, moist, lightly shaded sites. Will grow in full sun if soil remains moist. Tolerates dry shade if watered regularly in first growing season and mulched well.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moisture-retentive, Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Shade

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6

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