Dryopteris 'Brilliance' Autumn Fern

Dryopteris 'Brilliance' Autumn Fern
Dryopteris 'Brilliance' Autumn Fern

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Evergreen and showy in each season!
SKU 49587
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Key Characteristics

4 - 9

Mature Height

24 IN

Mature Width

24 IN

Sun / Shade

Part Shade, Shade

Moisture Level

Dry, Moist, well-drained

Soil Type

Normal, loamy

Description / Dryopteris 'Brilliance' Autumn Fern

One of the showiest Ferns in recent years, Autumn Fern 'Brilliance' is a dazzling display of color for every season. The fronds turn from bright copper to soft green to russet-orange again, all on an evergreen habit that looks great in the partly-shaded bed or border!

These long, elegant fronds unfurl in spring a deep orangy copper shade, keeping their hue until the hot weather of summer gradually turns them green. Then in autumn, They burnish bright copper again! 1½ to 2 feet long, they are truly eye-catching in any setting, from a single plant among the <#prodlink#"40871">Hostas and <#prodlink#"49651">Heucheras to a big sweep of color in hard-to-fill dry shade!

Brilliance is a fine choice for the garden, because once established it's virtually self-maintaining, and it looks terrific every season of the year. It reaches 2 feet high and wide, with a big impact. Not only is its color exceptional, but the undersides of each frond have whitish down, and the surface is quite shiny. One of the few perennials that will grow happily beneath large shade trees or in dry soils, 'Brilliance' asks only for pampering the first year -- plenty of water, compost, and other amendments to get its root system established. Then it does all the work for you, remaining showy season after season!

Space plants about 18 inches apart for dense coverage. Indifferent to heat, humidity, and cold, this beautifully-textured, strongly-colored shade lover can withstand morning sun, but also thrives in near complete shade. Adaptable, hardy, and lovely -- who could ask for anything more? Make it part of your garden this season! Zones 5-8. 1-year-old plants in 3-inch pots.

Product Details

Item Form 1-Quart
Genus Dryopteris
Species erythrosora
Variety 'Brilliance'
Product Classification Perennials, Plants
Habit Mound-shaped
USDA Zone Low 4
USDA Zone High 9
Sun / Shade Part Shade, Shade
Foliage Color Bronze, Medium Green, Orange, Variegated
Resistance Cold Hardy, Deer Resistance, Disease Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Heat Tolerant, Pest Resistant
Characteristics Easy Care Plants, Flower, Variegated
Uses Border, Fall Color, Foliage Interest, Ornamental, Outdoor
Zone 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
State Shipping Restrictions GU, HI, PR, VI

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Customer Reviews

Hardy plant
Review by Oscar Franco
Hardy, but definitely needs pampering in the beginning and with water especially.
Autumn Fern
Review by New SC garderner
The fern arrived quickly and I was happy with the size and quality of it. I followed the suggested planting tips and have every idea that it will do well. Being late fall with cold weather on the way, I probably will not see the "brilliance" until next year. However, not sure how much sun it might get in my shady yard. Fingers crossed!!
Review by Lynn
I love this fern and planted it in 2 different places. 1 gets morning sun and is under a pine tree - it is very happy there. The other is planted in almost complete shade under pine trees, and it is not doing well there. I would recommend this, but not in complete shade.

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