Pic of the Day--Chinese Sunrise

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Pic of the Day--Chinese Sunrise

Postby Hank Zumach » Jan 23, 2008 11:14 am

Hi All--Chinese Sunrise is one of the hosta stars of our early spring garden. It is early to emerge and its foliage is at its best and brightest in the first weeks of the season when it has relatively light foliage with a dark margin. For the rest of the year its foliage remains attractive but its color blends in with the background and the darker margin is only obvious to the very observant. I got the plant in 1997 and for the last several years it has been growing in a spot that gets 2-3 hours of mid-day sun. Its size has been remarkably stable, staying within an inch or so of 48x18, just a tad bigger than Zilis' listing of 40x18. Slugs are enough of a problem that Chinese Sunrise needs protection.

Registry - http://www.hostaregistrar.org/detail.ph ... %20Sunrise
MyHostas - http://myhostas.be/db/hostas/Chinese+Sunrise
Hosta Library - http://www.hostalibrary.org/c/chinesesunrise.html

The photos are from mid-May of 2002 and late June of 2007.
Chinese Sunrise 5-15-02c.jpg

Chinese Sunrise 6-25-07c 049.jpg
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Postby DBoweMD » Jan 23, 2008 11:35 am

It's like Lancifolia with a yellow center that darkens gradually.
Good grower, very attractive in the spring. Purple flowers in the fall. I've used the pollen for hybridizing (on Cinnamon Sticks) and sent a piece of the hybrid to scootersbear last summer.
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Postby Chris_W » Jan 23, 2008 11:49 am

Chinese Sunrise was one of my earliest purchases (after Frances Williams, Krossa Regal, and the green and white, and white and green ones). I even got it before lancifolia, which this could easily be mistaken for in late summer.

But I still like using it in the landscape. Here it makes a backdrop to Frosted Dimples, and I really think it helps this beautiful blue hosta stand out :)

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Postby newtohosta-no more » Jan 23, 2008 1:01 pm

Lovely pictures, Gents. It does make a lovely mound, doesn't it? :D
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Postby ViolaAnn » Jan 23, 2008 4:08 pm

I got my CS in a trade a couple of years ago and could tell it's vigorous, but if it gets that large, I'm in trouble. LOL

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Postby digs57 » Feb 03, 2008 6:22 pm

I like to pair the early standouts like CS with ones that start green & take some time to acquire their beauty. That way, the spot always has something lovely. :)
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