‘Limelight’ Panicle Hydrangea

Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun Height: 6-8' Width/Spread: 6-8'

A landscape classic, ‘Limelight’ has large lime-green flowers that are held upright on strong stems. The flowers mature to pink and burgundy in autumn. Whether used as a specimen plant or planted en masse, this is an easy-to-grow, durable plant that provides beautiful flowers every year. This hydrangea flowers on new wood, so it will bloom even after harsh winters.

Why grow ‘Limelight’ panicle hydrangea?

  • Reliable blooms every year
  • Unique coloring
  • Easy care maintenance


Light: The most sun-tolerant type of hydrangea! It will thrive in full sun to Part Sun. In warmer zones, it could benefit from placement in afternoon shade.

Soil: Prefers moist soil that drains easily. Any period of extended sogginess will not be tolerated. Soil pH does not affect flower color, it matures to deep pink in the fall. If browning occurs instead of aging to pink, this is an indication the nights are too warm or that it is getting inconsistent water.

Water: Average water needs.

Fertilizing: Nothing special required. If desired, you may apply a granular fertilizer formulated for woody plants in late winter/early spring when the soil is workable.

Pruning: Pruning is recommended in early spring. Remove weak branches in the middle and about 1/3 of the height and width. Make cuts just about 1/4 of an inch above a bud. Dead or damaged wood can be removed at any time, just cut back to a set of leaves!

Other: It can be used as a cut flower! For its longest vase life, cut vertically up the stem about 2 inches. This will help it absorb more water.

Botanical Name

Hydrangea paniculata 'Limelight' PP#12,874; CBR#2319


3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Flower Color

Green, White

Foliage Color







Full Sun, Part Sun



Season of Interest

Fall, Summer


Borders, Containers, Cutting Gardens, Foundations, Hedges, Mass Planting, Screening, Specimen


Alkaline soil, Award winner, Clay soil, Cut flower, Fall interest, Salt tolerant

Blooms On

New wood


Pieter Zwijnenburg


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