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Family Name:      Polypodiaceae  =  Polypody  Family
Scientific Name: previous scientific nameDryopteris  erythrosora  next scientific name      plant name pronunciation
Common Name: Japanese Shield Fern, Autumn Fern
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Distribution:  Japan, Korea, China to Philippines.


Hardiness Zone:  USDA Zones 5-8       (view USDA zone map)

Size:   1.5-2 ft. by 8-12 in.

Form:   Rhizomatous fern.


Stem/Bud:   Rhizomes (Stems) are underground, scaly and spreading.

Leaves:   Fronds (Leaves) are glossy, bipinnate, triangular, erect, outward curving and have long stipes. Croziers (fiddleheads or unfurled fronds) begin copper-pink colored and unfold to bronze-green to glossy dark green. Stalks and rachises are covered with dark brown scales.

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Flower:   Non-flowering

Fruit:   Reproduce by means of sori which are red, round and located on midribs of pinnules.

Uses:   Use in front of structures, in borders and for naturalizing. Use as a specimen, in woodland gardens or Japanese gardens.


Culture:   Grow in part-shade in moist, loose, organic, well-drained soil. Intolerant of drought.


Notes:    Woods in low mountains and hills. Very variable species (4 var. in Ohwi).

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