August Moon Hosta Tree
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August Moon Hosta Tree
August Moon Hosta Leaf

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 3-8
  • Exposure: Shade to Sun
  • Bloom Time: Mid-Summer
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August Moon Hosta

Hosta 'August Moon'
Golden leaves make shady corners sparkle. Takes quite a bit of sun, too.
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It is usually the case that people with shady gardens envy those with sunny sites because of all the cool plants that need sun in order to thrive. The tables are turned with Hostas. Gardeners with sunny spaces only wish they could plant these magnificent, shade-loving Spirits. August Moon is one surprisingly sun-tolerant Hosta that will please everyone. The heart-shaped leaves emerge a lime-green color in spring but turn gold in summer, achieving their brightest color when receiving a half-day of good, bright light. August Moon makes an excellent single focal point; a mass planting is stunning.

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 3-8
  • Exposure: Shade to Sun
  • Bloom Time: Mid-Summer
  • Show more ›

The Story

Hostas are native to Japan, China, and Korea, but they have many passionate fans around the world. Over the years, plant breeders (along with some home gardeners) have introduced new Hosta selections whenever they’ve found a plant with unique traits. As a result, there are now thousands of varieties to pick from! August Moon is attributed to a trio of plantsmen, Richard Langfelder, Alex Summers, and Peter Ruh. Langfelder originally discovered it in his New York garden in 1964, although the plant wasn’t officially registered with the American Hosta Society (founded by Alex Summers in 1968) until 1996.

The Details

Many newer golden Hostas have appeared on the market since August Moon was introduced in the 1960s, but August Moon remains a favorite. Gardeners love its vigorous growth rate, its sturdy constitution, and its superior sun tolerance.

How to Grow

August Moon is best with morning sun and afternoon shade, but it is quite adaptable. Regular water is a must. Slugs may be problematic with Hostas, but they can be controlled with repeated applications of an iron phosphate product like Sluggo®, which is safe to use around pets. In deer-prone areas, treat with Plantskydd® to prevent grazing. Foliage will die back with the first frosts and can be cut back then. If you wish to dig and divide August Moon, you can do it at any time, but late winter/early spring is best.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 3
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 8
Exposure Shade to Sun
Avg Mature Height 16-20"
Avg Mature Width 36-42"
Leaf Color Bright Green/Gold
Foliage Color Bright Green/Gold
Bloom Time Mid-Summer
Attracts Butterflies No
Attracts Hummingbirds Yes
Attracts Pollinators No
Deer Resistant No
Drought Tolerant No
Dry, Poor Soils No
Fragrant Yes
Groundcover No
Native No
Salt Tolerance/Seashore No
Shade Tolerance Yes
Showy Flowers Yes
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest No
Woodland Garden Yes
Decor/Craft Use No

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August Moon Hosta Tree
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