Hosta 'White Wall Tire'

This seedling of H. 'Outhouse Delight' was registered by Tony Avent of Plant Delights Nursery in North Carolina in 1995. The foliage emerges white with green along the veins and then turns green by mid-summer. It forms a medium size mound about 12 inches tall by up to  48 inches wide. The leaves are ovate, slightly rippled and of average substance. Very pale lavender flowers bloom in July but it does not set seeds.

From the Field Guide to Hostas by Mark Zilis (2014), "...does not become as "ratty-looking" as its pod parent, 'Outhouse Delight', and is certainly a better grower than the currently popular 'White Feather'. An actively growing clump is truly a sight to behold as 'White Wall Tire' changes from white to green."

The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by Diana Grenfell (2009) states: "Moderate growth rate."

In an article about hybridizing by Tony Avent in The Hosta Journal (1996 Vol. 27 No. 1),  Tony gives the following comments on cultivars he has introduced: "H. 'White Wall Tire' - the most talked about hosta in our garden...seedling of H. 'Outhouse Delight'...makes a large H. 'Fortunei' like clump of white-frosted leaves...very vigorous...coming soon to a catalog near you."


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