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Christmas Tree Hosta foliage
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Height: 22 inches
Spacing: 30 inches
Hardiness Zone: 3
Other Names: Plantain Lily, Funkia
Unique variety with large rounded and cupped leaves that are dark green with a creamy white edge; nice substance and is heavily crinkled; white spikes of flowers in summer with vestigial leaves in the shape of a christmas tree
Christmas Tree Hosta features dainty spikes of white trumpet-shaped flowers rising above the foliage in mid summer. Its attractive large textured round leaves remain forest green in color with distinctive creamy white edges throughout the season.
Christmas Tree Hosta is a dense herbaceous perennial with tall flower stalks held atop a low mound of foliage. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.
This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting hummingbirds to your yard. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;
Christmas Tree Hosta is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- General Garden Use
Planting & Growing
Christmas Tree Hosta will grow to be about 18 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 30 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!
This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid, and parts of it are known to be toxic to humans and animals, so care should be exercised in planting it around children and pets. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.
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