open-pollinated seedling of H. 'Tokudama', this cultivar was
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.
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
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
An article by
Bob Solberg in
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'.