This group of hosta cultivars was developed by Florence Shaw in Weston, Massachusetts in the 1960s. According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009),"...The American Hosta Society registered seven Birchwoods plus 'Blue Beauty' for Florence Shaw in 1986. Peter Ruh registered 'Birchwood Gem' for her in 1989." Note: Florence's husband's name was Parkman Shaw. That is the origin of the term "Parky" in some of the names of her hostas.

CultivarPlant SizeLeaf ColorVariegationVar ColorOriginFlower ColorSeasonSourceRegistered
'Birchwood Blue'LargeBlue/Green--HybridPale-LavenderJune into JulyShaw, Florence.1986
'Birchwood Blue Beauty'----xDuplicate--Duplicate Name--NR--
'Birchwood Elegance'GiantBlue/Green--HybridPure-WhiteJune into JulyShaw, Florence.1986
'Birchwood Florence Shaw'----xDuplicate--Duplicate Name--NR--
'Birchwood Gem'SmallMed-Green--UnknownLight-PurpleJulyShaw, Florence & Ruh, Peter.1989
'Birchwood Gold'MediumYellow--UnknownPale-LavenderJune into JulyShaw, Florence.1986
'Birchwood Green'LargeMed-Green--HybridNear-WhiteJune into JulyShaw, Florence.1986
'Birchwood Parky's Blue'SmallBlue/Green--UnknownNear-WhiteJune into JulyShaw, Florence.1986
'Birchwood Parky's Gold'MediumYellow--HybridPale-LavenderJulyShaw, Florence.1986
'Birchwood Ripples'LargeMed-Green--Unknown--Shaw, Florence--NR--
'Birchwood Ruffled Queen'LargeMed-Green--HybridPale-LavenderJune into JulyShaw, Florence.1986
'Parky's Birchwood Gold'----xDuplicate--Duplicate Name--NR--

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