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Dryopteris erythrsora


Japanese Shield Fern

New fronds are bronze coloured in spring

This striking, bold semi-evergreen fern has triangular, arching leaves. In spring, the young leaves unfurl a bright coppery-red, which turn to bronze and eventually shiny dark green as they mature. Easy to grow making a generous clump which is good for planting in borders and woodland areas, ideal for planting under trees and large shrubs.


Low maintenance it loves a shady spot and can cope with some sun if kept well watered. Suits both formal and informal gardens.


Loves any well-drained, moist soil. Water well until established and mulch in spring with garden compost or bark chippings.

A native of China and Taiwan.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Fern
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 60 cm - 100 cm
Plant width 75 cm - 100 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 55 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Loam, Chalk, Sand, Clay
Light exposure Part shade, Full shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Moist
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Wildlife garden, Flower border and beds, Cottage garden, Informal garden

Typically available

From April to September