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Shadowland® 'Empress Wu' Hosta hybrid

Flower Season
  • Spring
  • Summer
Mature Size
4' 6' 1.2m 1.8m
Height: 3' - 4'
Spread: 5' - 6'
Height: 91cm - 1.2m
Spread: 1.5m - 1.8m
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    36 - 48 Inches
    60 - 72 Inches
    60 - 72 Inches
    91cm - 1.2m
    1.5m - 1.8m
    1.5m - 1.8m


    The largest known hosta available! This massive plant forms a gigantic upright mound of huge, thick, dark green leaves topped with pale reddish violet flowers. It will make a fantastic statement in your shade garden!

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    Plant Type: 
    Height Category: 
    Garden Height: 
    36 - 48 Inches 91cm - 1.2m
    Scape Height: 
    48 Inches 1.2m
    60 - 72 Inches 1.5m - 1.8m
    60 - 72 Inches 1.5m - 1.8m
    Flower Colors: 
    Flower Shade: 
    Foliage Colors: 
    Foliage Shade: 
    Dark Green
    Container Role: 

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Part Shade to Shade

    The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).

    Maintenance Category: 
    Bloom Time: 
    Early Summer
    Bloom Time: 
    Mid Summer
    Hardiness Zones: 
    3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
    Water Category: 
    Soil Fertility Requirement: 
    Average Soil
    Soil Fertility Requirement: 
    Fertile Soil
    Soil PH Category: 
    Acidic Soil
    Soil PH Category: 
    Neutral Soil
    Border Plant
    Specimen or Focal Point
    Uses Notes: 

    Great in landscapes or containers. See our complete guide to growing hosta plants.

    Maintenance Notes: 

    Hostas grow best in moist, well-drained, organically enriched soil and full to part shade. Clean away the dead foliage after frost to prevent insect problems.

    Shadowland® 'Empress Wu' Hosta hybrid USPP 20,774, Can 4,240
  • 15 Reviews

    Browse reviews from people who have grown this plant.
    • I've had this plant now for 5 years. Every year it gets bigger and the leaves are humongous! It's in a little wet area and under partial shade. It's been very happy and comes back every year without fail. Zone 6b in Michigan. I also purchased it's daughter, Wu La La last year. So far it's doing good too.

      Mary Carter
      , Michigan
      , United States
      , 3 weeks ago
    • I bought 2 of these 3yrs ago for my shaded area out front and first yr it only grew a little and the last 2 yrs i have seen nothing of this plant! Very disappointed as these plants are very expensive!!!!!!! Will not purchase again!!!!!!!!!!

      Tammy Colvin
      , South Dakota
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • I purchased this proven winner Empress Wu at a local nursery. I planted it in a current hosta garden that I have while working on expanding the Hosta garden. The Empress Wu took off and grew very quickly. The soil where it is planted is not very desirable, the the Wu does not seem to mind. The garden slugs have not attacked it as they have the other Hosta plants. Happy with the results for the first years planting.

      Margaret Friedrichs
      , Illinois
      , United States
      , 2 years ago
    • I have had this hosta for 4 years and it never gets bigger than 6" tall and wide. It is certainly not the extra large hosta that it is advertised to be. After finally moving it, I found its roots are only about 1/2 " deep.

      , Wisconsin
      , United States
      , 4 years ago
    • I just received this and another hosta in the mail, gallon size. None of the leaves were broken, but there was just a bag around the container, so half the soil had fallen out and the roots very disturbed. The leaves are a little yellow on the edges. Pretty disappointed that there were only 2 stems and six leaves for an almost $40 pot. I would have expected that from the cheaper, smaller size. Will update this review end of season or next year if the plant survives and comes back next year.

      , Oregon
      , United States
      , 4 years ago
    • Planted 3 years ago and is the same size as the day it arrived. All other Hostas are doing great, but this one is a disappointment. Not even close to being a giant Hosta and in fact is the smallest one in my garden. Don't waste your money on this one.

      Kristin Kelly
      , New York
      , United States
      , 4 years ago
    • On year 3 with several Proven Winners Empress Wu (label says shadowland Empress Wu). These are very disappointing. I have planted over 100 hostas in the past 2 years and Empress Wu is the only one that gets smaller each year... I have them planted in multiple locations with other hostas... all the other hostas are growing as expected. I left 3 of the Empress Wu in pots for the winter with over 20 other hostas... all 3 Empress Wu plants in pots died. Very unimpressed with this variety

      Jeff Vitale
      , Michigan
      , United States
      , 4 years ago
    • I really enjoy this hosta, I currently have two in their second season and they getting huge. Just ordered 4 more because I don’t want to divide the original two at this point. Very happy with this plant and highly recommend.

      Wesley Phillips
      , 6 years ago
    • roger lovejoy
      , Ohio
      , United States
      , 6 years ago
    • roger lovejoy
      , Ohio
      , United States
      , 6 years ago
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