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Species: Dryopteris erythrosora
Found in: Woodlands and forests of China and Japan.
Grows to: 18 to 24 inches tall and wide. Semievergreen.
Why this fern? As its name indicates, it changes color dramatically with the season: In spring, the fronds are a blend of copper, pink, and yellow; in summer, they turn green, then a rusty brown in fall. Red spores appear on their undersides in winter.
Sunset climate zones: 2–9, 14–24