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Invincibelle Limetta® Smooth hydrangea Hydrangea arborescens

Flower Season
  • Summer
  • Fall
Mature Size
4' 4' 1.2m 1.2m
Height: 3' - 4'
Spread: 3' - 4'
Height: 91cm - 1.2m
Spread: 91cm - 1.2m
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    36 - 48 Inches
    36 - 48 Inches
    36 - 48 Inches
    91cm - 1.2m
    91cm - 1.2m
    91cm - 1.2m


    Cool off on hot summer days with fresh green blooms.

    Invincibelle Limetta® hydrangea is the easy way to experience refreshing summer color every year. It's as reliable as the classic 'Annabelle,' but offers big-time improvements, like strong stems that hold the blooms upright all season, and a dwarf, rounded habit that makes it perfect to plant anywhere, from foundations to flower gardens. In early summer, spheres of lime green flowers appear. They lighten to a soft green-white before turning jade green for the rest of the season. They last clear through frost for a persistent show that takes practically no effort on your part - they are great for both fresh and dried cut flowers. Available in better garden centers in 2018.

    Top three reasons to grow Invincibelle Limetta hydrangea:

    1. Blooms every year, even in cold climates. It's practically fool-proof!

    2. Flowers are held up on strong stems - no flopping.

    3. Lime green flowers are perfect for the summer landscape, and it reblooms.

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    Continuous Bloom or Rebloomer
    Long Blooming
    Deadheading Not Necessary
    Native to North America


    Plant Type: 
    Shrub Type: 
    Height Category: 
    Garden Height: 
    36 - 48 Inches 91cm - 1.2m
    36 - 48 Inches 91cm - 1.2m
    36 - 48 Inches 91cm - 1.2m
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    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Part Sun to Sun
    Light Requirement: 

    The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).

    Maintenance Category: 
    Blooms On: 
    New Wood
    Bloom Time: 
    Summer through Fall
    Hardiness Zones: 
    3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a
    Water Category: 
    Border Plant
    Cut Flower
    Dried Flower
    Edging Plant
    Mass Planting
    Specimen or Focal Point
    Uses Notes: 

    This perky plant blooms non-stop and its cool green flowers pair perfectly with most any plant or house color, so it's ideal for landscaping. 

    Maintenance Notes: 

    We recommend a minimum of six hours of sun for smooth hydrangeas like Invincibelle Limetta for the strongest stems and the most abundant flowers. In hot climates, afternoon shade is beneficial, but some sun is still recommended for the best results.

    Prune Invincibelle Limetta hydrangea in early spring, just as the new growth begins to emerge on the stems. Remove any dead wood and cut the entire plant back by about one-third its total height. This helps to preserve the strong woody base while also encouraging new growth for the best blooming. 

    A 2-3" (5-7.6 cm) layer of shredded bark mulch helps shallow-rooted hydrangeas to conserve moisture and keep roots growing vigorously, which ensures the best performance. Fertilize in early spring, after the ground has thawed but before new growth begins, to ensure the best results. 

    Fun Facts: 

    Smooth hydrangeas like Invincibelle Limetta are native to North America - they grow wild in much of the central and southeastern U.S.

    Invincibelle Limetta® Hydrangea arborescens 'NCHA8' USPP 30,431, Can 6,346
  • 10 Reviews

    Browse reviews from people who have grown this plant.
    • I ordered 3 and so far they seem healthy. However, one of the three is putting out dark pink/burgundy buds so not what I ordered....the other two are correct.

      , Maryland
      , United States
      , 2 years ago
    • Yes you can grow hydrangeas in zone 9a/b...I have two Limettas in large pots, gets morning east sun, and under shade cloth rest of the day. They wilt when need water, and then perk back up. The flowers are so cute, and it continuously blooms. Will not take more than morning sun here. I pick off snails, grasshoppers sometimes.Having no disease problems. Blooms do not flop even with rain. I love the Invincebella line and plan on buying the new |Garnetta next.

      Janice Bechdolt
      , Florida
      , United States
      , 3 years ago
    • I bought and planted 5 of these last spring (2019). They have just started blooming for this year (June 2020) and WOW!. They bloomed some last summer but nothing spectacular. I absolutely love this plant. I bought all five directly from Proven Winners. They were very small but healthy and shipped with care. I planted them in a full sun location in front of my house. The goal is to produce a small hedge with them. They are beautiful. Very healthy. All of them made it through the winter and are in full bloom now. They look very healthy and are an excellent cut flower! I will definitely buy more of this variety and would highly recommend it to anyone. We have very hot, humid summers with inconsistent rain fall. Sometimes tons of rain and then sometimes semi-drought conditions. I have not given them any special attention or care since I planted them last spring. I love that they bloom much earlier in the summer than all of my other hydrangeas thus lengthening the bloom season of those much loved shrubs! Also very compact and just plain cute!

      Jessica Sulfridge
      , Kentucky
      , United States
      , 4 years ago
    • So I must have the stalking barrel of laughs with 3 of my dwarf limetta hydrangeas. They were planted this year, and recieve afternoon sun. Weaker than a life wished to live. The other 3 are doing great, which are in the shade. I've read about chicken wire and burlap to protect them in harsh winters which we do have here in Illinois, plus facing the north for the most part

      , Illinois
      , United States
      , 4 years ago
    • This is a GREAT plant. I just love how it blooms lime, turns white for a while and then and goes back lime (the stage it is at now as I type this). It has not flopped with the heavy rains and is the perfect size for in front of the landscape. I have mine near some Cheyenne Spirit Coneflowers and it really brings out their colors, especially the paprika color. You will not be disappointed with this plant. I want to add more now!!

      Cheryl Dexter
      , New York
      , United States
      , 5 years ago
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