Copper shield fern, Japanese shield fern, Aspidium erythrosorum
D. erythrosora – D. erythrosora is a compact, clump-forming, semi-evergreen fern with broadly ovate, bi- or tripinnate fronds and red young spores (sori). Fronds are bronze- to copper-pink when young turning semi-glossy and dark green with age.
Compact, Clump-forming, Spreading
RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)
Insignificant or absent in All seasons
Bronze, Flushed pink in Spring; Dark-green in Summer
Remove dead or damaged fronds.
WHERE TO GROW
Dryopteris erythrosora (Copper shield fern) will reach a height of 0.75m and a spread of 0.75m after 5-10 years.
Cottage/Informal, Beds and borders, Low Maintenance, Underplanting, Wildflower, Foliage only
Grows in most cool, moist, lightly shaded sites. Will grow in full sun if soil remains moist. Tolerates dry shade if watered regularly in first growing season and mulched well.
Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)
Moisture-retentive, Moist but well-drained
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Partial Shade, Full Shade
North, South, East, West