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Sum and Substance Hosta
Sum and Substance Hosta
Sum and Substance Hosta
Sum and Substance Hosta
Sum and Substance Hosta
Sum and Substance Hosta

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-8
  • Mature Height: 1-2' tall
  • Mature Width: 3-4' wide
  • Exposure: Part Sun/Full Shade
  • Spacing: 3-4' apart



  • Huge bright-green leaves illuminate the shady areas of your garden spring through fall
  • In summer shoots of fragrant light pink flowers bloom
  • Attracts hummingbirds and pollinators
  • Low maintenance and easy to care
  • Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
  • Ships in a plant-safe designed box

Sum and Substance Hosta

Bower & Branch Trees and Plants

Hosta x 'Sum and Substance'

Regular price $64.00
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Why the Sum and Substance Hosta?

Not for the fainthearted! Sum and Substance Hosta is a wildly over-the-top Spirit, and we love it in all its super-sized glory. When mature, this showstopper puts out giant, corrugated, chartreuse leaves, making a regal mound about 3 feet tall and 5 to 6 feet wide. Under optimal conditions, a single plant can reach nine feet wide! This is the state fair pumpkin of hostas—start a friendly competition on your block to see who can raise the largest one! In late summer, the fragrant, pale lavender flowers will attract hummingbirds, too. Choice.

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! Large, small, blue, green, gold, variegated, upright, or spreading—there’s something for everyone. Sum and Substance was introduced in 1980 by a prolific Hosta breeder, the late Paul Aden of Baldwin, New York. It is one of his finest selections.

How to use in the landscape?

Hostas are simple to grow, but one challenge Hosta growers do face is slugs. Slugs love these succulent Spirits. Because Sum and Substance Hosta has such thick, waxy foliage, however, it is largely slug-proof! They tend to shun it and go elsewhere in search of easier meals.

Why Bower & Branch?

We do the hard part. Our trees and plants are grown and cared for by only the best, local growers for years before they find their forever home in your landscape. Bower & Branch is known for having hard-to-find, substantial sizes and selection. The quality of our trees and plants are consistent in health and vigor—always ready for immediate impact in your garden and instant curb appeal. We believe in empowering homeowners with the truth about strong, healthy and structurally sound plants that are grown to perform in the ground after they leave the nursery for home delivery, always fresh inventory from the grower

How To Plant

Take some care in siting Sum and Substance to achieve maximum wow factor. It needs some sun to bring out the yellow tones, but too much will burn the leaves. Morning sun is great. Give this specimen regular water for a lush effect. It will survive on less frequent irrigation, but will grow smaller in a dry spot. 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 Sum and Substance, you can do it at any time, but late winter/early spring is best.

How To Fertilize

Incorporate Elements Starter Plant food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer, start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant food granular form on an annual basis each late fall. Continue this for the first three years to get your plant well established.

Planting Zones

Hardiness Zone: 4-8

How Does Shipping Work?

Size AA & AAA (our Treelings, Shrubs, Bushes, and Perennials) will be shipped directly to your home by a common carrier. Ships in a plant-safe designed box within 5-7 business days.

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