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Lime Rickey® Smooth hydrangea Hydrangea arborescens

  • Hardy Zones
    • 3 - 8
  • Exposure
    • Part Sun to Sun
  • Season
    • Summer
    • Fall
  • Mature Size
    • 48 - 60 Inches
ColorChoice® Flowering Shrubs
ColorChoice® Flowering Shrubs
Lime Rickey® Smooth hydrangea Hydrangea arborescens
Part Sun to Sun 48 - 60

Features

Because green never goes out of style!

Lime Rickey hydrangea is an outstanding native hydrangea with large, disc-like blooms. The flowers start out a fresh green and age to rich jade, all accented with pink pollen for a unique accent. The stems on this hydrangea are exceptionally strong, and unlike 'Annabelle,' hold up to even the strongest summer storms without bending or flopping. We've seen this plant withstand 2" of rainfall in one hour, completely unphased! It makes an excellent cut flower and dries well, too. And because it's a super hardy smooth hydrangea, you can rely on it to bloom every year no matter where you plant it, no matter how you prune it.

Top three reasons to grow Lime Rickey hydrangea:

- blooms every summer, even in very cold areas.

- large, jade-green flowers are very long-lasting.

- exceptionally strong stems won't flop, even after heavy rains.

Long Blooming
Fall Interest
Winter Interest
Deadheading Not Necessary
Attracts: 
Bees
Butterflies

Characteristics

Duration: 
Shrub
Shrub Type: 
Deciduous
Height Category: 
Medium
Garden Height: 
48 - 60 Inches
Spacing: 
48 - 60 Inches
Spread: 
48 - 60 Inches
Flower Colors: 
Green
Foliage Colors: 
Green
Foliage Shade: 
Green
Habit: 
Upright
Container Role: 
Thriller

Plant Needs

Light Requirement: 
Part Sun to Sun
Maintenance Category: 
Easy
Blooms On: 
New Wood
Bloom Time: 
Summer through Fall
Hardiness Zones: 
3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a
Water Category: 
Average
Uses: 
Border Plant
Uses: 
Cut Flower
Uses: 
Dried Flower
Uses: 
Good for Screening
Uses: 
Landscape
Uses: 
Mass Planting
Uses: 
Specimen or Focal Point
Maintenance Notes: 

For the biggest, most abundant blooms and strongest stems, plant where it gets at least six hours of sun each day (warmer climates can get away with a bit less). A good layer of shredded bark mulch helps minimize water loss.

As for pruning, cut the entire plant back by about one-third its total height each spring, just as the new growth begins to emerge on stems. This serves to build up a strong, supportive, woody base while also encouraging abundant new growth for plenty of flowers. 

If you wish to fertilize, an application of a rose fertilizer in early spring, once the soil has thawed, is sufficient. 

Lime Rickey® Hydrangea arborescens 'SMNHALR' USPP 28,858, Can 5,627
  • I bought 2 of those for the garden- we live on a mountain and wind is a big factor, plus we have heavy clay but these plants have been fantastic. Planted both on a sunny location in the middle of Summer, and they've performed incredibly well, not needing as much water as I thought they would even with hot afternoon sun, and flowering within a week. It's October now, windy and temps in the low 50s but they keep flowering and have grown to almost double the size. Would definitely buy more and recommend to anyone as a very easy to care, unfussy, beautiful shrub!

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Deca
    Virginia
    United States
    17 weeks ago
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