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'Limelight' Hardy Hydrangea Hydrangea paniculata

  • Exposure
    • Part Sun to Sun
  • Season
    • Fall
  • Mature Size
    • 72 - 96 Inches
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'Limelight' Hardy Hydrangea Hydrangea paniculata
Part Sun to Sun 72 - 96


Reliable, soft green summer flowers change to pink in fall. Blooms every year. Soil pH does not affect bloom color.

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Drought Tolerant


Shrub Type: 
Height Category: 
Garden Height: 
72 - 96 Inches
84 - 96 Inches
72 - 96 Inches
Flower Colors: 
Flower Shade: 
Foliage Colors: 
Foliage Shade: 
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Plant Needs

Light Requirement: 
Part Sun to Sun
Maintenance Category: 
Blooms On: 
New Wood
Bloom Time: 
Late Summer
Bloom Time: 
Early Fall
Bloom Time: 
Mid Fall
Bloom Time: 
Late Fall
Hardiness Zones: 
3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
Water Category: 
Cut Flower
Dried Flower
Uses Notes: 

Good in groupings and masses, in perennial and shrub borders, as a speciment, screen, or hedge. Good in containers, mixed containers, and as a cut flower.

Maintenance Notes: 

Prefers good, loamy soil. Most adaptable of all hydrangeas to different soil types. Most urban tolerant and very difficult to kill. Best if pruned back in late winter or early spring. Prefers medium moisture. Will tolerate drought. Fertilize in early spring by applying a slow release fertilizer specialized for trees and shrubs. Follow the label for the recommended rate of application.

An exciting hardy Hydrangea from Holland, 'Limelight' has unique bright chartreuse blooms in mid-summer that hold bright and refreshing color right into autumn when the blooms change color to a rich deep pink. The autumn display of chartreuse and pink blooms on the same plant is breathtaking! The color makes a great addition to the garden and it blends wonderfully with all other colors. Use 'Limelight', either fresh or dried, in bouquets to make a unique floral design. This is an easy to grow plant with reliable flowering and flower color regardless of soil pH. The flower heads are of good size, ranging from 6 to 12 inches and are held upright on the shrub. The blooms are well distributed making a very nice plant and display.

Consumer Comments:
This Hydrangea is a show stopper: right now, first four months in the ground, full, full sun, lots of fresh air, it is blooming like mad: big, fat beautiful creamy, to bright white elongated blooms. They are sturdy blooms, and take a good wind. They don't collapse. It has doubled in size since April, and I'm looking forward to all the color changes it will go through. The shape of the plant is graceful and strong. It's a garden high-light. The Limelight I planted last year is equally fantastic, and it's in part shade. Last year the blooms got so big and the color changes were so amazing to see, you couldn't believe all that beauty on one plant. Because of that one plant, I went out and got three more.

A great looking plant! PLENTY of flowers and it tripled in size the first year we put it in the garden. We went out and bought three more.
Barry, MI

'Limelight' Hydrangea paniculata PP: 12874 Can. PP: 2319
Award Year Award Plant Trial
2010 Plant of Merit Missouri Botanic Garden
2010 Plant of Merit Missouri Botanic Garden
2010 Plant of Merit University of Georgia
2010 Plant of Merit University of Georgia
2010 Plant of Merit University of Georgia
2010 Plant of Merit Missouri Botanic Garden
2009 Knock Your Socks Off University of Georgia
2009 Knock Your Socks Off University of Georgia
2009 Knock Your Socks Off University of Georgia
2007 Knock Your Socks Off University of Georgia
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