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Dryopteris erythrosora 'Brilliance' | Copper Shield Fern - 55-60cm, 5lt

Dryopteris erythrosora 'Brilliance' | Copper Shield Fern - 55-60cm, 5lt

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Dryopteris erythrosora 'Brilliance' is a robust, clump-forming, evergreen fern with arching stems and stunning triangular, bi-pinnate, vivid orange and coppery-red fronds in spring, turning glossy, dark green in summer, sometimes red again after first frosts. It produces bright red spores on its undersides in autumn. Dryopteris erythrosora 'Brilliance' is adaptable to a wide range of soils, but prefers fertile, humus-rich, moist, well-drained soils. It thrives in partial to full shade. It tends to be evergreen in climates with mild winters. In colder areas, it needs protection from harsh, drying winds. Its natural habitat are damp woodlands by streams and lakes. No serious pest or disease problems. Low maintenance plant, doesn’t require pruning. Copper shield fern 'Brilliance' is a superb, elegant, exotic looking fern with amazing foliage colours. It is perfect for shady locations in informal, cottage, and urban gardens. Excellent as a ground cover or for under-planting of shrubs and trees. Great for flower beds and mixed and shrub borders. Suitable for growing in containers in shady areas.
  • Common Name

    Copper shield fern 'Brilliance'

  • Family


  • Type

    evergreen fern

  • Pot Size


  • Height (cm)


  • Native To

    Eastern Asia

  • Flower


  • Foliage

    triangular, bi-pinnate, vivid orange and coppery-red fronds in spring, dark green in summer

  • Maturation period

    5–10 years

Key Info

Size & Spacing

Mature Height


Mature Width


Shape / habit


Preferred Location


East–facing or South–facing or North–facing or West–facing, sheltered

Soil Type

acid, alkaline, neutral, full shade, partial shade

Soil moisture

moist but well–drained, poorly–drained, well–drained

Growing Period




all year


no fruit

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