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Lime Rickey® Hydrangea

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  • USDA Hardiness Zones 3a - 9b
  • Height 4 - 5 Feet Tall
  • Spread 4 - 5 Feet Wide
  • Partial Sun to Full Sun

The Proven Winners® Lime Rickey® Hydrangea is a very hardy smooth hydrangea with lime green flowers. As the flowers age, they turn jade green. The flowers are held up by very strong stems, which is a noticeable improvement to the well-known Annabelle hydrangea.

This shrub is native to North America, and great for bees, butterflies and other pollinating insects. Being native also means it is hardier and easier to care for. The shrub blooms every single year, without fail.

Lime Rickey Hydrangea Care

Plant this shrub in an area with well drained soil. It is best to grow this in a location that receives at least 6 hours of sunlight. Morning sun is more beneficial than evening sun. In warmer climates, we recommend providing some shade in the afternoon to help the plant during hot summer days.

To prune the Lime Rickey Hydrangea, do so in early spring right as new growth begins to appear. Trim ⅓ of the total height of the bush. This not only helps the stems become stronger, it will also help encourage new growth and help flowers flourish all year.

Fertilize in early spring before new growth starts to emerge and before you prune. Use a slow release fertilizer that is designed for woody plants such as roses or trees.

Lime Rickey Hydrangea Spacing

Plant the Lime Rickey Hydrangea 4 to 5 feet apart, center on center. If you choose to use the Lime Rickey as a hedge, plant these 40 to 48 inches apart, center on center. These also do well in garden containers. Use the same spacing requirements in containers if you choose to plant more than 1 in a pot.

Hydrangea arborescens 'SMNHALR' Plant Facts

USDA Hardiness Zones: 3-9
Flower Color(s): Green
Bloom Period: Summer through Fall
Foliage Color(s): Green
Exposure: Part Sun to Sun
Height: 4-5 Feet
Spread: 4-5 Feet
Spacing: 4-5 Feet
Habit: Upright
Blooms On: New Wood
Watering: Average
Shrub Type: Deciduous
Type: Mophead Hydrangea
Scientific Name: Hydrangea arborescens 'SMNHALR' USPP 28,858
Common Name: Lime Rickey® Hydrangea
Brand: Proven Winners®

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Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

For information on how to care for you new plant please check out our guide. Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)

We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

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Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

(Updated: 7/22/20) Please Note: There are some shipping delays of plants due to the heat. The delays on dependant on temps & distances from shipping location. The plants tend not to do the best with no light & water for a few days combined with this heat. We want to get you your plants shipped out but we also want them to arrive to you good condition. Ordering now will reserve the plant for you and we'll ship when it's safe. Please reach out to if you would like more information.

Planter Shipping

Standard Colors: 7-10 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations

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Summer Shipping

  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
    • We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location

Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.