Dryopteris erythrosora ‘Brilliance’

('Brilliance' Autumn, Fern)


Hardiness Zones:

 4a  4b  5a  5b  6a  6b  7a  7b  8a  8b  9a  9b

Quick Overview:

Dryopteris erythrosora , commonly called Japanese shield fern or autumn fern, is an arching, evergreen (semi-evergreen in cold winter climates) fern that grows in a vase-shaped clump to 2′ tall and as wide. It is native to woodland hillsides and mountain slopes in Japan, China and Taiwan. New fronds unfurl in striking shades of orange-red to copper-pink before eventually maturing to glossy deep green by summer. Triangular, bi-pinnate fronds grow to as much as 2′ long. Young sori are covered by bright red indusia. ‘Brilliance’ is noted for its particularly attractive spring frond color which, in comparison to species plants, is brighter red and lasts longer into the spring.  (Courtesy of Missouri Botanical Gardens Plant Finder)


Easily grown in average, slightly acidic, medium to wet soils in part shade to full shade. Prefers consistently moist, humusy soils that are rich in organic matter. Soils must not be allowed to dry out. Site in locations sheltered from strong winds to protect the fronds. Plants slowly spread over time by short creeping rhizomes.  (Courtesy of Missouri Botanical Gardens Plant Finder)

Additional information

Common Name

'Brilliance' Autumn, Fern

Botanical Name

Dryopteris erythrosora 'Brilliance'


1 gallon

Evergreen or Deciduous


Hardiness Zone

4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b

Growth Rate


Light Requirements

Part-shade, Shade


1 to 2 ft.


1 to 2 ft.

Soil Condition

High in Organic Matter

Water Needs




Foliage Color

Coppery -green

Deer Resistant


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