Hosta '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..."

Sports include H. 'Albert Lea' and H. 'Golden Maple'.

Large, blue-green hostas with a gold/yellow marginal variegation such as H. 'Frances Williams', a medial (center) variegation like H. 'Brother Stefan' or yellow/gold leaf H. seiboldiana related cultivars such as H. 'Golden Sunburst' can make very attractive statements in the garden. Unfortunately, some of this type of hosta suffer from a physiological disorder called "spring desiccation burn".

For some reason, these plants often sustain discoloration and damage to the gold/yellow variegated margin or center of the leaf. Although this does not kill the plant, it does make it unattractive looking later in the season.

We have accumulated sample lists of similar size and color cultivars noted as being Resistant or Susceptible to spring desiccation burn.

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