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Little Lime® Hardy Hydrangea Hydrangea paniculata

  • Hardy Zones
    • 3 - 8
  • Exposure
    • Part Sun to Sun
  • Season
    • Summer
    • Fall
  • Mature Size
    • 36 - 60 Inches
Size: Quart
ColorChoice® Flowering Shrubs
Little Lime® Hardy Hydrangea Hydrangea paniculata
Part Sun to Sun 36 - 60


Dwarf hydrangea produces green summer flowers that turn pink in fall. Dwarf 'Limelight'. Blooms every year. Hardy.

Best Seller
Fall Interest
Small or Minature


Shrub Type: 
Height Category: 
Garden Height: 
36 - 60 Inches
36 - 60 Inches
36 - 60 Inches
Flower Colors: 
Flower Colors: 
Flower Shade: 
Green, turning pink in fall
Foliage Colors: 
Foliage Shade: 
Container Role: 

Plant Needs

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

Excellent for the mixed border or foundation plantings. This compact, hardy hydrangea fits easily into smaller landscapes, including container gardens.

Maintenance Notes: 

Prune in late winter/early spring. Apply a controlled release fertilizer in early spring. A supplemental dose of liquid feed may be needed in mid summer. Soil pH does not affect bloom color.

Dwarf 'Limelight' hydrangea!

Compared to its famous sibling ‘Limelight’, Little Lime hardy hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata) may seem like a pipsqueak. Don’t let this petite shrub fool you. While maintaining its short stature of 3-5’ tall and wide, it really packs a visual punch in the garden. In summer, lime green blooms open on strong stems – no drooping here. As it ages, rich pink coloring emerges to prolong the show through fall.

Little Lime hydrangea is small enough to grow in containers and also stands out as a bold mass planting. Its bright bloom coloration makes it an excellent choice for cut flower gardens and can be used fresh or dried. This reliable performer blooms on new wood, so a quick trim in late winter or early spring will encourage fresh growth and an abundance of buds. Like most hardy hydrangeas, it is hardy to Zone 3 and does best in full sun or part shade.

Summer flowers open soft green and turn pink and burgundy in fall.

2016 - Selected as landscape plant of the year
2015 - Awarded a Gold Medal from The Royal Boskoop Horticultural Society.
2013 - Awarded Planetarium Gold Medal
2013 - Green is Life Bronze Medal
2011 - American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA) Management Clinic Best New Plant award.

Little Lime® Hydrangea paniculata 'Jane' USPP 22,330, Can 3,914
  • Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    United States
    1 year ago
  • We have 5 different varieties of this type of hardy hydrangea and each season they grow bigger and better. They bring a wonderful variation of color to our landscaping. Would recommend this to everyone.

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Jason Kilby
    United States
    1 year ago
  • Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Marshall Dirks
    United States
    2 years ago
  • I planted 2 Little Limes last year in full sun and they are gorgeous this year. They are full of pretty blooms that go on for a long season and stay the right size for my garden. I also love the color change from the early green to white and then rose. It is really an exceptional plant.

    Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    Laurie Newcomer
    Ballston Spa
    New York
    United States
    3 years ago
  • Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    S. Bean
    Grand Haven
    United States
    3 years ago
  • I purchased two little lime shrubs in September, 2011. I planted them at the same time in the same flower bed. One survived and has put on leaves. The other one, in the same growing conditions, has died. The local nursery where I purchased said there was no guarantee, in other words, buy at your own risk. I am very disappointed as this was not an inexpensive shrub. Now I can't find another one, except at the nursery where I purchased the dead one.

    Unsatisfied Did not survive, inferior performance or did not bloom well - won't grow again.
    Brenda Harris
    4 years ago
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