Autumn Fern

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Autumn Fern (Dryopteris erythrosora) is a plant that will provide a new color with every season! It is one of the showiest ferns as the fronds emerge in the spring with beautiful, bright copper-bronze color tones. It then turns to dark green for summer, and back to bronze again in the fall.

Once established, it's virtually self-maintaining and truly eye-catching in any setting. It is one of the few perennials that will grow happily beneath large shade trees or in dry soils, as readily as it rambles along brooks, streams and water features. The fine texture adds bright green lace to the garden as a finishing touch, creating graceful edging and color to courtyards, garden beds and planters.

Creeping by underground roots and shoots, these groundcovers have a naturally spreading habit, with a single plant reaching a clump 24 inches tall and 18 inches wide at maturity. Very low maintenance, they don't mind acidic and wet soil, while even tolerating dry soil once established! How about that for adaptability?

Planting and Application:

It presents a great effect when planted near a rock or a small pond. Use in pots indoors or for a patio or deck plant. The fine-textured foliage is verdant greenery in floral arrangements, filler in container gardens and looks lovely filling out planters as it acts as a lush groundcover around a larger tree or houseplant.

Great for naturalizing dappled garden borders and perfect for shady woodland gardens. Add lacy fringe around the base of large shrubs and trees as a facer plant, where it won't mind the shade cast by the larger plant. Let overtake a dry shade bed or shady rock garden without worry. Just water enough to establish and let it run free in the shade!

  • One of the Showiest Ferns
  • Bright Green Lacy Fronds
  • Naturalized & Spreads - Vase-Shaped Dwarf Clumps
  • Coppery Red New Growth & Bronzy Fall Color
  • Ideal for Containers, Edging & Shade Gardens

#ProPlantTips for Care:

These Ferns love both shade and partial shade, preferring full shade when planted in hot USDA growing zones and drier locations. In moist soil and cooler growing zones, they will tolerate part shade. Plant Ferns in a rich, organic soil that is well-drained, but once established tolerates a wide range of moisture availability. Mulch beds well to help hold in more moisture. Clean clumps in early spring before you see new growth emerging.

  • Thrives Part Shade to Full Shade
  • Moist to Dry Organic, Well-Drained Soil
  • Deer Resistant & Drought Tolerant Once Established
  • Prune & Clean Mounds Early Spring
  • Evergreen in Warmer USDA Zones 5-9

Here's a plant that will be with you season after season! So versatile and adaptable, these are graceful shade-loving perennials with evergreen tendencies in warm climates! Order your Autumn Fern today from for bold color and lacy texture for your garden!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Autumn Fern Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Dryopteris erythrosora
Type Perennial
Mature Height 20 - 24 inches
Mature Spread 12 - 18 inches
Sun Exposure Full Shade
Soil Well drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Semi-Evergreen in Warm Climates
Foliage Semi-Evergreen in Warm Climates
Pollinator Friendly No
Pruning Time Early Spring