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Limelight Hydrangea

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  • USDA Hardiness Zones 3a - 9b
  • Height 6 - 8 Feet Tall
  • Spread 6 - 8 Feet Wide

Limelight Hydrangea is an award winning shrub by Proven Winners ColorChoice®. This beautiful paniculata hydrangea is one of our most popular shrubs that grow all across the United States. This bush has very large flowers that are held upright by strong stems. The Limelight hydrangea is a type of Panicle Hydrangea. 

The Limelight Hydrangea flowers will start off lime green color, which is a perfect accent for hot summer days. As the blooms age, they turn to hues of cream, pink, red and burgundy. The fall color is just beautiful as these cone-shaped flowers last longer than most any other plant in the garden.The panicle flower heads can grow up to 12 inches long!

These are perfect for cut flower arrangements, either fresh or dried. Florist love these as well, and often these are used for wedding bouquets. We’ve seen people grow these as hedges, in mass landscape plantings, and in garden planters. These bushes are great in most garden designs.

The foliage of this shrub is dark green, which provides a great complement to the blooms. The leaves are coarse to the touch compared to other paniculatas. This plant is deciduous, which means it loses its leaves in the winter.

Harsh weather conditions are no match for this prolific bloomer. This plant can grow in areas with harsh winters, hardy up to zones 3 and 4. And the plant can also thrive in areas with hot summers, like zones 8 and 9. No matter where this shrub is grown, it has a bloom time from early summer through late fall. The bush performs so well, that it will typically bloom the first year planting it in the ground as well! The Limelight Hydrangea is native to China and Japan.

Landscaping Tip: One 'Limelight' hydrangea is spectacular; a whole hedge of them is unforgettable! For a short version, try the Little Lime Hydrangea, which reach just about half the height.

Limelight Hydrangea Care

No matter what USDA growing zone you live in, this shrub requires well-drained soil. The plant does like moisture, but cannot tolerate soggy conditions or “wet feet”. Planting in well-drained soil is more important than the type of soil. This shrub is widely adaptable to most soil types, as long as it does not get root rot. The soil pH does not affect the flower color. Like most hydrangeas, we recommend applying a layer of mulch to help retain moisture in the soil, and protect the roots during freezing winter conditions.

Limelight Hydrangeas perform best in locations that get full sun or at least 6 hours of sunlight per day. In warmer climates, it is best to provide afternoon shade. In colder climates, the more sun the plant gets the better. 

Pruning Limelight Hydrangeas

To prune the Limelight Hydrangea, simply cut off ⅓ of the total height of the shrub. Prune your Limelight in late winter or early spring, before new growth emerges. Because this shrub blooms on new wood, you do not want to potentially cut off any flower buds for the upcoming season. You can also trim off any dead or sick branches during the year as needed. Pruning this shrub helps the plant grow a strong base with upright branches that are strong enough to hold all of the large flower heads. It also encourages the plant to put more energy towards growing flowers that flourish from June to September.

You can also prune this shrub into a tree form. This unique looking specimen is going to wow your neighbors when they see this! We really like seeing these grown as trees in a garden planter, that adds height and beauty at the same time!

Fertilizing Limelight Hydrangeas

To fertilize, apply a slow release (or controlled release) general fertilizer designed for woody plants such as roses or trees. This can be found at most stores. Apply in early spring before new growth starts to emerge. 

Limelight Hydrangea Spacing

Plant the Limelight hydrangea 7 to 8 feet apart, center on center, in mass plantings. If you choose to grow into a Limelight hedge (pictured above), you can plant 70 to 84 inches apart, center on center. We recommend only planting 1 per garden container, unless the pot is very large. Use the same spacing guide stated above if you do choose to plant more than 1 shrub per planter.

Hydrangea paniculata 'Limelight' Plant Facts

USDA Hardiness Zones: 3-9
Flower Color(s): Green
Bloom Period: Summer through Fall
Foliage Color(s): Green
Exposure: Partial Sun to Full Sun
Height: 6-8 Feet
Spread: 6-8 Feet
Spacing: 7-8 Feet
Habit: Mounded
Blooms On: New Wood
Watering: Average
Shrub Type: Deciduous
Type: Panicle Hydrangea
Scientific Name: Hydrangea paniculata USPP 12,874
Common Name: Limelight Hydrangea
Brand: Proven Winners ColorChoice®


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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)

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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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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.

17 Reviews - Limelight Hydrangea Show Reviews

  • 3

    Posted by Judy Lavin on Jun 7th 2020

    Plants arrived in healthy condition and are thriving since being planted. I was a little disappointed in the size of the plant for the cost but I look forward to watching them grow and bloom.

  • 2
    Very small

    Posted by Amanda H on May 21st 2020

    I was disappointed in how small they were for the price. Its. Maybe 3 inches tall.

  • 4
    Limelight Hydrangea

    Posted by Janette Holley on Apr 30th 2020

    Hydrangea arrived in good shape a little dry & needed watering. Recovered quite well

  • 3
    Winter Wait

    Posted by Can't Wait on Mar 12th 2019

    I order this last fall. It's still dormant and can't hardly wait any more to see this turn green and bloom! I'm so impatient.

  • 5

    Posted by Jeanette on Oct 8th 2018

    got what I expected, I'm happy

  • 5
    Limelight Hydrangea

    Posted by Salbug on May 2nd 2018

    I received my Limelight and Little Limelight hydrangeas, and they were in perfect condition and very healthy, now its up to me to reap the beauty!

  • 5
    flowers in the first year

    Posted by Kelly on Mar 12th 2018

    I planted a few of these in the front yard in front of the bedroom windows. The plants are still pretty small, but they flowered in the first year of planting them, which was a complete surprise! The flowers started green and you could hardly notice them until you got closer to the plant. But then the blooms turned white, and really stood out, even when you were on the sidewalk!

  • 5
    easy shrub

    Posted by Kevin B on Feb 28th 2018

    I bought this because I heard these are easy to care for. I planted this last spring, and it bloomed within 2 months, and lasted all the way until fall. I couldn't believe it. I hope it has even more flowers this year!