Dryopteris 'Brilliance' Autumn Fern

Item #49587


Evergreen and showy in each season!

Copper spring fronds turn green for summer, then return to a russet hue for autumn!

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 Hostas and 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.


Skip Product Specs
Genus Dryopteris
Species erythrosora
Variety 'Brilliance'
Item Form 1-Quart
Zone 4 - 9
Habit Mound-shaped
Plant Height 24 in
Plant Width 24 in
Additional Characteristics Easy Care Plants, Variegated, Flower
Foliage Color Bronze, Medium Green, Orange, Variegated
Light Requirements Part Shade, Shade
Moisture Requirements Dry, Moist,  well-drained
Resistance Cold Hardy, Deer Resistance, Disease Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Heat Tolerant, Pest Resistant
Soil Tolerance Normal,  loamy
Uses Border, Fall Color, Foliage Interest, Ornamental, Outdoor
Restrictions *Due to state restrictions we cannot ship to the following:
Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

Product Review Summary

Based on 3 reviews
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars
Overall Rating: 4.5/5.0

Customer Reviews

February 18, 2020

Hardy plant

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

Hardy, but definitely needs pampering in the beginning and with water especially.

Oscar Franco from AZ
November 11, 2019

Autumn Fern

This shopper rated the product 4 out of 5 stars

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!!

New SC garderner from SC
August 27, 2013


This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

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.

Lynn from IL

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