LIMELIGHT PRIME® Panicle Hydrangea

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

Everything you love about ‘Limelight’ panicle hydrangea, but with a boost. Limelight Prime® has a more compact habit, so more of us can fit it into our gardens! It has darker, healthier-looking foliage that makes an impressive backdrop when it isn’t in bloom. Most importantly, you’ll love the stronger stems! Each bright lime green flower is held sturdily aloft for its entire flower show and well into the fall, when it has finished to a rich punch pink color. If flowers are left standing for the winter, they’ll continue to bring interest to the garden. This long-blooming favorite works nicely when planted as a specimen plant, in containers, and especially as hedges!

Why grow Limelight Prime® panicle hydrangea?

  • Stronger stems
  • Handsome dark foliage
  • Brighter mature blooms


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 'SMNHPPH' PP#32,511, CBRAF, Utility 11,944,063


3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Flower Color

Green, Pink

Foliage Color







Full Sun, Part Sun



Season of Interest

Fall, Summer


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


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

Blooms On

New wood


Tim Wood


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