Diphylleia cymosa

umbrella leaf

  • © Rick Peterson / Great Plant Picks

  • © Rick Peterson / Great Plant Picks

  • © Rick Peterson / Great Plant Picks

Outstanding Qualities

In mid-spring huge leaves emerge from the ground growing 3 to 4 feet tall then opening like a green umbrella. Flowering stems reach just above the foliage with dome-shaped clusters of small white blooms. In late summer the small flowers develop into spectacular blue berries each attached to a bright red stem. This late season show will last well into fall.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: upright perennial

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 4 ft. 0 in. (1.22 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 5 ft. 0 in. (1.52 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 6 to 8

Flower Color: white

Sun/Light Exposure: light, open, or dappled shade

Water Requirements: frequent to regular watering

Seasonal Interest: The bold leaves look great all summer long and the bright blue berries are brilliant in the fall.

Wildlife Associations: bees

Colors & Combos

Great Plant Combinations: Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Nikko Blue’, Dryopteris cycadina, Betula nigra ‘Cully’ HERITAGE, Osmunda regalis, Kerria japonica ‘Picta’

Great Color Contrasts: orange, red, yellow

Great Color Partners: burgundy, lavender, rose

Culture Notes
Plant this dramatic perennial in light to dappled shade avoiding locations with hot afternoon sun. It will grow best in rich moist soil, but will tolerate clay. Provide regular watering during dry weather. This large leaf plant resents drying out in summer. Once the foliage yellows in fall it can be cut to the ground.
Geek Notes
Native to SE North America.