Hosta 'Newborn'
 

This cultivar which is a non-registered hosta from Jim Schwarz of Jim's Hostas of Iowa (now owned by Uniquely Hostas of Wisconsin) is a sport of H. 'Frances Williams'. It is a large size plant that grows to around 24 inches in height with a spread of about 64 inches. The blue-green foliage has gold marginal variegation and is broadly oblong-ovate in shape. Its leaves are moderately corrugated and have thick substance. Near white flowers are borne from mid-June into July.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "In years when spring desiccation burn proved to be severe on many hostas, 'Newborn' exhibited only a tiny amount of spotting, about 1/20th of what I saw on 'Frances Williams'."

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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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