General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Fern
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 18 - 24 inches
Plant Spread: 18 - 30 inches
Leaves: Good fall color
Unusual foliage color
Underground structures: Rhizome
Uses: Groundcover
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Other: Rhizomes
Pollinators: Wind
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Awards and Recognitions: Other: 2001 Georgia Gold Medal Winner; 2004 Great Plant Picks Award Winner

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Common names
  • Autumn Shield Fern
  • Japanese Shield Fern
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Dryopteris erythrosora
  • Synonym: Dryopteris nipponensis

Photo Gallery
Photo by Hamwild

Date: 2016-07-02
Location: My Garden
Date: 2023-08-20
Location: my garden in Dawsonville, GA (zone 7b north Geogia mountains)
Date: 2022-07-01
Location: RHS Harlow Carr gardens, Yorkshire, England UK 
Date: 2019-11-10
Dryopteris erythrosora
Photo by Hamwild
Location: an Oklahoma City garden
Date: 2024-04-01
A delightfully easy fern to grow... it reaches 2-3 across and 2 f
Location: My Mom’s garden
Date: 2019-04-30
Location: my garden, Gent, Belgium
Date: 2008-05-15
unfolding new frond..

Date: 2007-04-05
Location: my garden in Dawsonville, GA (zone 7b north Geogia mountains)
Date: 2022-01-05
textured evergreen in the winter garden
Location: Sandhills Horticultural Gardens Pinehurst, NC
Date: October 21, 2022
Japanese Shield Fern #125 nn; LHB p. 89, 6-23-?, "Greek For 'oak
Location: Fairfax, VA | October 2022
Date: 2022-09-29
Location: Fairfax, Virginia (Outdoors)

Date: 2016-07-02
Location: my garden in Dawsonville, GA (zone 7b north Geogia mountains)
Date: 2022-04-12
Location: Sandhills Horticultural Gardens Southern Pines, NC
Date: October 21, 2022
Japanese Shield Fern #125 nn; LHB p. 89, 6-23-?, "Greek For 'oak
Location: RHS Harlow Carr, Yorkshire, UK
Date: 2019-06-30
Location: Fairfax, VA | September, 2023
Date: 2023-08-26
Location: Kalama, Wa.
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Location: off my front porch
Date: 04-17-2021
Dryopteris erythrosora [Autumn Fern]
Photo by Hamwild
Photo by sedumzz
Location: Cedarhome, Washington
Date: 2010-06-27
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2016-04-14
Location: Western Washington
Location: Beautiful Tennessee 
Date: May  2, 2015
spring color
Location: my garden, Gent, Belgium
Location: National Botanical Garden, DC, Virginia :) | May, 2022
Date: 2022-05-28
Location: National Botanical Garden, DC, Virginia :) | May, 2022
Date: 2022-05-28
Photo by MaryDurtschi
Photo by sedumzz
Photo by sedumzz
Location: Temple, Texas
Date: 2021-05-02
Under shade of oak and elm trees behind this fence along neighbor
Photo by Plantomaniac08
Location: Osaka Prefectural Flower Garden, Osaka, Japan.
Date: June 21, 2009
Photo by KENPEI

Courtesy Crownsville Nursery
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Location: Enterprise, Al. 36330
Date: 2014-04-17
Photo by Hamwild
Location: my garden, Gent, Belgium
Date: 2009-06-10
Young fronds are Autumn coloured..
Location: Enterprise, Al. 36330
Date: 2014-03-31
Spores on back of Autumn fern
Location: Enterprise, Al. 36330
Date: 2014-03-31
Fiddle Heads of Autumn Fern
Location: Enterprise, Al. 36330
Date: 2014-03-31
Fiddle Heads of Autumn fern
Location: Ray Wiegand's Nursery, Macomb, MI
Date: 2010-09-09
Location: Ray Wiegand's Nursery, Macomb, MI
Date: 2010-09-09
Location: Pembroke, GA
Date: 2014-01-23
Photo courtesy of Santa Rosa Gardens. Used with Permission.
Location: Shade garden Z6a
Date: 2009-06-20
Location: Jenkins Arboretum in Berwyn, Pennsylvania
Date: 2022-05-22
several plants in coppery foliage color along a border
Location: Jenkins Arboretum in Berwyn, Pennsylvania
Date: 2022-05-22
some plants along a walkway in coppery color
Photo by sedumzz

Date: 2013-10-07
Location: At a nursery.
Date: 2011-10-09
Location: Garden
Date: 2017-06

Date: 2018-04-12
Location: Sunriver Nursery, Orem, Utah
Date: 2011-11-26

Date: 2007-04-05

Date: 6/17/2011
Japanese Shield Fern

Credit florum
Location: Enterprise, Al. 36330
Date: 2014-04-17

Credit florum

Credit florum
Location: my garden, Gent, Belgium
Date: 2007-06-09
Location: my garden, Gent, Belgium
Date: 2007-06-05
Location: Enterprise, Al. 36330
Date: 2014-03-31
Location: Growing wild in Tennessee
Date: 2005-09-08
Location: Ray Wiegand's Nursery, Macomb, MI
Date: 2010-09-09
Location: Ray Wiegand's Nursery, Macomb, MI
Date: 2010-09-09
Location: Ray Wiegand's Nursery, Macomb, MI
Date: 2010-09-09
Location: Shade garden Z6a
Date: 2009-06-24
Great in early morning light

Photo Courtesy of Lazy S'S Farm Nursery.
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Photo Courtesy of Lazy S'S Farm Nursery.
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Photo Courtesy of Shikoku Garden Inc.
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Date: 2013-10-07

Date: 2013-10-07

Date: 2013-10-07
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Comments:
  • Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Dec 7, 2011 2:08 PM concerning plant:
    Very durable; tolerant of poorer conditions and dry periods. Nice in a hanging basket.
  • Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on May 24, 2022 7:14 AM concerning plant:
    This species is also called the Japanese Woodland Fern. It is native to eastern Asia from Japan, Korea, and China down into the Philippines & Taiwan. Its outstanding trait is that the new foliage in spring is of coppery color. The lower portion of the rachis (frond stalk) is covered with papery brown scales. It bears the round sori (spore structures) under the leaves, located nearer the midrib than the leaf margin. This species can tolerate drought and full sun. It is offered by a good number of conventional nurseries. It has escaped cultivation in some areas, as in some counties in Alabama.
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