Hosta 'Christmas Tree'

Plantain lily

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Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour



Attractive seed-heads, Flowers, Dramatic foliage



Skill level


photo by Mark Bolton, copyright GAP Photos (60983)

Plant details

Similar to 'Grand Master' in looks, 'Christmas Tree' has heart-shaped leaves that have irregular white margins and are lightly streaked with grey and green at the edges. In mid-summer, it produces lavender, bell-shaped flowers which are followed by aubergine seed pods. Hostas benefit from plenty of organic matter being added to the soil before planting. They also enjoy being mulched in spring and autumn to help retain moisture in the soil. For the lushest displays, feed with a balanced fertiliser between March and June. Do not feed after this period or you will encourage the sort of sappy growth that slugs adore! To avoid the leaves looking like a piece of lace, take measures against slugs and snails, such as beer traps.

Family: Hostaceae

Genus: Hosta

Cultivar: Christmas Tree

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Lavender

Foliage colour: Silver variegation

Feature: Attractive seed-heads, Flowers, Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Partial shade, Shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 60cm

Spread: 90cm

Time to divide plants: August to March

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