'Maple Leaf'

This sport of H. 'Frances Williams' was registered by Eldren Minks of Minnesota in 1972. The characteristics are the same as its parent plant. This large size (26 inches high) cultivar has thick substance, is heavily corrugated, has a deeply lobed base and a distinct tip. Unfortunately, it is susceptible to spring desiccation burn (see below). It bears large clusters of near white flowers from mid-June into July.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "...could not distinguish it from 'Frances Williams'. It even shares the spring desiccation burn problem..."


An article by Warren I. Pollack in The 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.

H. 'Aurora Borealis', H. 'Fleeta Brownell Woodruffe', H. 'Frances Williams', H. 'Maple Leaf', H. 'Olive Bailey Langdon' and H. 'Samurai'.


  1. H. 'Albert Lea'
  2. H. 'Golden Maple'.

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