Plant types and subtypes: Perennials
Light Requirements: part-shade, shade
Water Use: medium
Soil Moisture: moist
Soil Description: rich
Bloom Time: April, May
Bloom Color: white
Leaf Color: green
Hardiness Zone: 6
Additional Tags: berries, colonizing, medicinal, ornamental foliage, shade garden plant, woodland plant
Pricing & Availability
Diphylleia cymosaAlso known as:
American umbrella leaf,
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.
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
AL, GA, NC, SC, TN, VA
|Species||Diphylleia cymosa||American umbrellaleaf|