This 'Fortunei'-type plant has
been around a long time and might have been imported from
Japan. At first, it was registered in 1987 by
The American Hosta Society on behalf of the originator,
Dr. Nils Hylander of Sweden as
fortunei 'Aurea' but the name was later changed with the
W. George Schmid's book in 1991 to its present
form. It was also once known as H. 'Fortunei Albopicta Aurea'
but this is now superseded.
H. 'Fortunei Aurea' forms a
plant about 28 inches high with a spread of 40 inches. The
foliage is usually a bright gold in the spring but turns green
as the season progresses. Pale lavender flowers bloom from
mid-July into August.
The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "...as also been listed as 'Twinkles' and 'Mackwoods No.
33' as well as the trade name GOLD BEAUTY HOSTA™."
The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by
Grenfell (2009) states: "Natural sport of H. 'Fortunei Albopicta'...A hosta
for cooler climates, where the exquisite leaf color
will be maintained much longer."
This plant may have been sold at one time under the
name Mackwood No. 33.
An article by
Warren I. Pollack in
Hosta Journal (2020 Vol. 51 No. 1) titled
Doppelgänger Hostas: Fancy Name for
Look-alike Hostas, included a long list of hostas
which various hostaphiles, published articles or other sources have
indicated "look" the same. Some of these are, in fact, the same
plant with two or more different names. Others are hostas that vary
in some minor trait which is not immediately discernable to the
casual observer such as seasonal color variations, bloom traits, ploidy, etc. So, as Warren mentions, hostaphiles may differ as to the
plants listed but then, their opinions are based on visual observations and interpretations.