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Dryopteris Erythrosora Copper Shield Fern

Dryopteris Erythrosora Copper Shield Fern

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The Copper Shield Fern (Dryopteris erythrosora) is an exceptional addition to any fern garden, renowned for its outstanding foliage that sets it apart as a striking choice for garden enthusiasts. This Japanese beauty brings a touch of elegance with its light-colored fronds, offering a delightful contrast to the typical shades of green found in many gardens. The fronds of the Copper Shield Fern have remarkable longevity, with a unique feature that they often persist well into early winter, producing new fronds as early as February to March, depending on temperature conditions. This behavior makes it a captivating choice for those who appreciate the enduring charm of ferns in their gardens.

Like many ferns, the Copper Shield Fern thrives in conditions similar to the painted fern, favoring moisture-retentive, well-drained soil in partial shade. It's not only a fantastic choice for outdoor gardens but can also be a lovely addition to mixed containers or indoor arrangements. This fern is known for its vigorous growth and is easily divided in the spring, making it a convenient choice for those looking to expand their fern collection or share its beauty with others.

As a deciduous fern, the Copper Shield Fern can be trimmed to the ground in late fall or early spring, maintaining its well-behaved, non-spreading habit. It thrives in humus-rich, moist but well-drained, neutral to slightly acidic soil in partial shade, reaching a height of approximately 50 cm and spreading up to 45 cm. With its hardiness and captivating fronds that transition from shades of pink-copper and orange-red to a lasting forest green, it's a beloved choice for those seeking an extra touch of charm in their fern gardens.

Easily cultivated in average, slightly acidic, and moderately wet soils, this fern thrives in partial shade to full shade. It prefers consistently moist, humus-rich soil, ensuring it's never allowed to dry out. Sheltering it from strong winds is recommended to protect the fronds. The Copper Shield Fern slowly spreads over time through short creeping rhizomes, enhancing its presence in your garden with each passing season.


 At a glance

  • Beautiful young plants ready for planting (9cm pot)
  • Moist humus rich soil with good drainage, easy to grow and hardy,
  • Tolerant of clay and dense shade
  • Try others from our unusual hardy fern collection
  • Intricate soft gold green fonds with copper tips emerge in Spring (turning green later) for contrasting edging or container plant


You will receive 1 x 9cm potted fern

Common Name Japanese Shield Fern
Genus Athyrium
Plant Form
Plant Type
Climate Temperate
Plant habitat
Sunlight Partial shade
Watering Medium
Flowering period
Flower Colour
Season of interest Autumn / Summer
Foliage Deciduous
Hardiness Rating (RHS) H5 (-15 to -10 °C)
Soil type Clay, loam, peat, sand
Soil PH
Care notes

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