Hosta 'Aspen Gold'

An open-pollinated seedling of H. 'Tokudama', this cultivar was introduced by Vivian Grapes of Nebraska in the 1970s and registered by The American Hosta Society in 1986. It forms a medium to large size mound of gold leaves with thick substance. The nearly white flowers are borne in late June to early July.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "Don't expect 'Aspen Gold' to reach even the average mound size for a few years as it has a slow growth rate. It certainly is, however, worth the wait."

The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by Diana Grenfell (2009) states: "Open-pollinated seedling of H. 'Golden Medallion'...Lutescent. Color is best in some sun and takes several weeks for the yellow to brighten...Grow as a specimen or accent among darker-leaved hostas or ferns...In mature plants the leaves become so deeply cupped that the glaucous undersides offer a contrast with the golden-yellow upper surfaces."

An article by Bob Solberg in The Hosta Journal (1994 Vol. 25 No. 2) states that "Twenty-five years ago, true gold hostas were rare. In fact, 'Aspen Gold' a golden 'Tokudama' named by Vivian Grapes, and 'August Moon'...were frequently listed in catalogues as "...staying gold all season." Aden started with 'Aspen Gold' in his breeding of gold hostas - first introducing its child, 'Sun Glow'.

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