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Hosta Empress Wu
  • Hosta Empress Wu is the largest Hosta on the market today
  • Hosta Empress Wu can be grown in place of a shrub in the shade garden
  • Hosta Empress Wu has foliage so large it provides necessary shade to a dog on this hot summer day
World's largest!

Hosta Empress Wu

The world's largest Hosta grows over 6' wide!
ZONE 3,4,5,6,7,8
As low as $15.19
  • The world's LARGEST Hosta!
  • Gigantic 3' wide leaves
  • A real conversation piece
  • Grows an enormous 4' tall x 5' wide
  • Ship Size: Jumbo 1 Quart pot
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Hosta Empress Wu Description

Hosta Empress Wu is truly THE LARGEST Hosta we've EVER seen!  Empress Wu will form a massive upright clump measuring 3-4 feet tall by 4-5 feet wide when mature.

Huge, thick textured, slug-proof green leaves measure over 18" across. Soft violet flowers in midsummer.

If Adam & Eve could only pick one leaf, this is the one!

This Hosta is certainly a conversation piece as it exudes an almost tropical feel in the shade garden.  Family pets are often found nestling beneath the large leaves to find reprieve from the summer heat.

Although Hostas will grow in a wide range of soil, they will perform their best in a soil where organic matter has been added.

Plant this shade perennial with Hardy Ferns, deer-proof Hellebores, colorful Heuchera or Hydrangea.

Special Features: Cold Hardy, Cut Flower, Cut Foliage,Drought Tolerant, Easy Care, Foliage Interest, Heat Tolerant, Moisture Tolerant, Rabbit Resistant

Quick Facts

  • Botanical Name:
    Hosta 'Empress Wu'
  • Common Name:
  • Zone:
  • Sun Exposure:
    Shade, Part Shade
  • Delivery:
    See schedule
  • Ship Form:
    1 Quart
  • Soil Type:
    Normal, Sandy, Clay
  • Soil Moisture:
    Average, Moist
  • Height x Width:
    4' X 5'
  • Flower Color:
  • Foliage Color:
  • Bloom Season:
    Mid Summer
  • Uses:
    Accent, Background, Border, Container Gardening, Foundation Planting, Hedge, Massing, Privacy, Screen, Specimen, Waterside, Woodland
  • Cannot Ship to:
    AK, CAN, HI, PR
  • Patent #:PPAF



Soil: Evenly moist, organically rich, slightly acid, well-drained soils.
Light: Part shade to full shade -- Best in part shade (some morning sun or sun dappled conditions).
Water: Medium -- Established plants have some tolerance for dry shade (particularly plants with thick leaves), but soils should never be allowed to dry out. Water is best applied directly to the soil beneath the leaves.
Spacing: 4-5 feet
Fertilizing: Light application of time release fertilizer, or side-dress with compost and organic amendments when new growth appears in early spring.
Winterizing: Foliage should be cut back to the ground in the fall. Provide a winter mulch of evergreen boughs, 2" of leaves or salt marsh hay after the ground freezes to help prevent heaving, and protect the shallow crowns.
Maintenance & Pruning: GreatGardenPlants.com offers slug-proof varieties.  However, there may be regions of the country where the environment is conducive to slugs.  Slugs are the bane of Hostas; use slug bait, dishes of beer, and diatomaceous earth to discourage them. Groom plants by removing yellow or dead leaves and cut flower spikes back as they finish blooming in summer.


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Patricia M  |  Jun 20, 2017
I received my order on schedule and was super pleased! I have ordered plants online before, including hostas and have always been somewhat disappointed. Paying top dollar and getting just a piece of a root or a tiny twig popping out of soil is frustrating. I ordered two hostas, one for me and one for my daughters yard. I warned her that we might just get a plastic bag with a couple of roots in it. Instead you sent me a beautiful, nice big plant with lots of fully developed leaves. I am so happy. You can be sure I'll be ordering more and recommending you to all my garden loving friends.

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Phillip B  |  Apr 25, 2016
Highest praises to all at GGP. Order arrived on time, and all 12 hosta's were perfect, healthy, and with no issues at all, not even one cracked or brown tipped leaf. Thank you!!