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Hillbilly Heaven
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taynors
May 11, 2010 8:16 PM CST
does anyone have Empress Wu ?
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May 11, 2010 8:16 PM CST

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I do. :)
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taynors
May 11, 2010 8:16 PM CST
oooohhhh aaaahhh
that is a hard to find one !
how big is it ?
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May 11, 2010 8:16 PM CST

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It's pretty easy to find now. This is the second full summer it will be in my gardens. It's getting some size to it, but as you can see, the recent weather has been hard on her. I expect her to bounce back without a problem.

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May 11, 2010 8:16 PM CST
nice
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May 11, 2010 8:16 PM CST

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I don't know, she looks kind of beat up to me.. Hopefully she'll come out of it..
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conifers
May 14, 2010 8:20 AM CST
I also have 'Empress Wu' and it is the second season. She is still one eye but quite a bit larger than last year.
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Christine27360
May 14, 2010 10:53 AM CST
I just ordered one from HostaDirect.com.... I can't wait -- have the perfect spot for him.
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PollyK
Jun 11, 2012 5:55 PM CST
I realize this is an old thread, but is there also a hosta named Princess Wu, or are some people confusing that with Empress?
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virginiarose
Jun 11, 2012 6:32 PM CST
Never heard of Princess Wu. Confused Is it smaller? I see it does exist but I cannot find any pictures. Sad
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PollyK
Jun 11, 2012 7:13 PM CST
I don't know. I tried google and found some references to it.
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ViolaAnn
Jun 11, 2012 7:45 PM CST
Someone just asked a question about it on DG and I also googled it. Not a lot there. But I found a reference to a "truly large hosta". A search at myhostas.be did not bring it up.

It DID bring up:
Blue Wu Jim King 2010 'Skylight' x 'Empress Wu' View Details
Empress Wu Brian & Virginia Skaggs 2008 'Big John' hybrid View Details
Empress Wu streaked 'Empress Wu' sport View Details
Princess WuWu Linda Port & Linda Cunningham 'Empress Wu' seedling View Details
Xanadu Empress Wu

But I think this one may also be 'Xanadu Princess Wu'. At least I found a reference to that as well.
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Paul2032
Jun 11, 2012 7:55 PM CST
They have Empress Wu here at a local nursery but the only thing to me that it has going for it is eventual large size. I don't have room.
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PollyK
Jun 12, 2012 6:35 AM CST
Interesting. Thanks, Ann.

I have a couple of Empress Wu I bought just because of the size. I love the big ones, and I do have room.
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Shannon
Jun 12, 2012 7:03 AM CST
I have a Empress Wu. It has it's first bloom this year. But, not in a good spot . Its getting
potted this weekend for RI

Cant wait to see when its gets Large Green Grin!
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virginiarose
Jun 12, 2012 8:52 AM CST
Ann, I think you are right about the 'Xanadu Princess Wu'. Thumbs up
Susan

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Name: Polly Kinsman
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PollyK
Jun 12, 2012 8:54 AM CST
But to confuse things, I think Empress Wu was first named Xanadu Empress Wu.
Name: virginiarose
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virginiarose
Jun 12, 2012 9:36 AM CST
oh! *Blush*
Susan

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tcs1366
Jun 14, 2012 6:41 AM CST
The only place i could find "Princess Wu" was on Hostasdirect... no photo, no details... I found a thread on a Kio forum [yes, fish] where a gal from PA got one from them 2 yrs ago.

also did find what Ann did about E. WU being in the Xanadu series, and the name was shortened for "marketability" reasons.

this time i wont post the wrong image.... *wink*

**edited to add....

seems the P. Wu is also in the Xanadu series....
Terese --Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi

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Name: virginiarose
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virginiarose
Jun 14, 2012 8:03 AM CST
Ok, good info, thanks! I tip my hat to you.
Susan

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