autumn fern

noun

Definition of autumn fern

:a shield fern (Dryopteris erythrosora) native to eastern Asia that is widely cultivated as an ornamental for its triangular, evergreen fronds which are copper-colored when young before turning a glossy, dark green
  • Autumn fern has colorful fronds that emerge copper-colored in spring, then unfurl with a pinkish tinge before turning glossy green in summer.
  • —Jan Riggenbach, Daily Herald (Chicago, Illinois)21 Dec. 2008
called also Japanese shield fern

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First Known Use of autumn fern

1929


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