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Diphylleia cymosa

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Plant types and subtypes: Perennials

Light Requirements: part-shade, shade

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: moist

Soil Description: rich

Height: 1'-2'

Bloom Time: April, May

Bloom Color: white

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7

Additional Tags: berries, colonizing, medicinal, ornamental foliage, shade garden plant, woodland plant

Diphylleia cymosa (American umbrellaleaf)
  • Diphylleia cymosa (American umbrellaleaf)
  • Diphylleia cymosa (American umbrellaleaf)
  • Diphylleia cymosa (American umbrellaleaf)
  • Diphylleia cymosa (American umbrellaleaf)

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Diphylleia cymosa

Also known as:

American umbrellaleaf


American umbrella leaf


umbrella leaf

Scientific Synonyms:


Native to the Appalachians, this woodland perennial has large, deeply veined, dark green leaves. They are umbrella-like, deeply cut and up to 12 inches across. Diphylleia cymosa produces delicate, small white flowers that last a couple of weeks in early spring. These give way to attractive purple berries that will ripen through the summer months.


Best grown in the shade and where summers stay cool. American umbrellaleaf requires light, moist organic soil. Under ideal conditions, it will slowly colonize by means of rhizomes. The large, low-growing foliage will add visual interest to a woodland garden. Blooms in April or May. Zones 6


To propagate from seed, you should first remove any residual fruit under running water. Mature plants can be divided easily.

Additional Notes

Cherokee Indians have used the roots of this plant to treat a variety of ailments and as disinfectant.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:


Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Magnoliidae
Order Ranunculales
Family Berberidaceae Barberry family
Genus Diphylleia umbrellaleaf
Species Diphylleia cymosa American umbrellaleaf