7 Best Yellow Ferns: Ferns that are Naturally Yellow and Orange

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Yellow Ferns offer a different visual appeal than their green counterparts, with a dash of orange in their fronds!

Yellow ferns are not entirely of that color but have a mix of green, canary, and orange in their fronds. Do not mistake them for ferns that have diseased and yellowing leaves, though!

Yellow Ferns

The ferns on this list may have a deeper yellow/orange hue in their fronds around the fall. Do note that the fronds, when they age, might turn a different shade of yellow from their natural color. 

1. Royal Fern

Yellow Ferns

Botanical Name: Osmunda regalis

These large ferns grow erect in clusters and may grow as much as 4-6 feet tall. Their fronds get a nice pale-green color and shades of yellow and gold during fall.

2. Autumn Fern

Autumn Ferns That Are Naturally Yellow and Orange

Botanical Name: Dryopteris erythrosora

Native to Asia, this yellow fern gets its name from how its foliage changes color during the season, showcasing bronze, copper, and orange.

3. Golden Clubmoss

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Botanical Name: Selaginella kraussiana

This chartreuse-colored variety of fern makes for a nice, low ground cover. It especially brightens up dark and shady areas of gardens—a great pick for small pots that you can keep in any bright spot of the house.

4. Cinnamon Fern

Botanical Name: Osmundastrum cinnamomeum

This fern gets its name from the cinnamon-like fibers on its fronds – the best part? The yellow-orange color contrasts beautifully with the remaining foliage, which stays mainly green.

5. Oakleaf Fern

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Botanical Name: Drynaria quercifolia

What makes this fern stand out from the regular ones is the size of its leaves, which are significantly broader than the fronds of the other one. It has a beautiful hue of yellow and orange that gets more pronounced in the fall.

6. Licorice Fern

Botanical Name: Polypodium glycyrrhiza

You might spot one in the wild, growing onto a tree’s bark and covering it completely! These ferns are not entirely yellow/orange, but they have a particular set of fronds with that hue here and there.

7. Variegated Holly Fern

Botanical Name: Arachniodes simplicior ‘Variegata’

Well, this may not precisely be yellow when it comes to the fronds, but the lime green color in the middle of the foliage certainly makes this one stand out with vivid glory!

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