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Dryopteris erythrosora
USDA Hardiness Zones: 5a to 8b
Many consider autumn fern to be the finest landscape fern available. Its beautiful color and attractive, upright growth habit combine to form a beautiful evergreen fern that is perfect for shady landscapes. It makes a great center plant for containers when combined with fall color. Although they are drought-tolerant, autumn ferns prefer consistently moist acidic soils in part to full shade. Drought- and rabbit-resistant.
Georgia Gold Medal Winner, 2001
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Ferns - Perennials
Growth Size:   Medium Plant - 18 to 30 inches tall, 18 to 30 inches wide
Growth Habit:   Arching - Vase Shaped
Features:   Excellent Foliage Color, Fine-textured Foliage, Naturalizes Well
Dry Shade, Rabbit Resistant, Disease Resistant, Heat Tolerant, Tolerates Wide Range of Moisture Levels
Attracts:   
Garden Ideas:   
Shade, Woodland Shade
Flower features:    
that bloom in
Foliage type and color:    Evergreen, Dark Green
Landscape Uses:    Beds, Grouping, Naturalizing
Accent, Border, Container, Mass Planting, Ground Cover
Autumn Fern is a Low maintenance plant
Growth Size:   Medium Plant - 18 to 30 inches tall, 18 to 30 inches wide
Growth Rate:   Medium
Spacing:   2-3 ft apart
Exposure:   Partial Shade to Full Shade
Watering:   Average   Evenly Moist   Wet to Dry
Soil Types:   Slightly Acidic to Neutral   Moist, well-drained   Enriched with organic matter
General Plant Care:    Garden debris needs to be cleaned away from the base of ferns periodically. Irrigation should be applied to roots and not fronds if possible.
General Planting Tips:    Ferns need both moisture and drainage. To improve drainage, work the soil well and deep with organic matter - compost, rotted leaves, coarse pine bark - raising the bed at least 3 inches above soil level. Ferns should be planted shallowly, taking care to keep the crown slightly above the surrounding soil. A small amount of time-release fertilizer can be applied when planting in spring, before the Application of a good, rich organic mulch 2inches deep will help keep the soil moist. Take care to keep the mulch away from the crown of the fern.
General Fertilizing Tips:    Ferns planted properly in soil rich with organic matter do not require supplemental fertilizer. Maintain the proper amount of organic matter by adding chopped leaves as a mulch around the plant each year.
General Pruning suggestions:    Not usually needed, best left unpruned
USDA Hardiness Zones: 5a to 8b

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