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Limelight Hydrangea

 

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'Limelight' Hydrangea is famous for its enormous, lime green blooms that turn a rosy pink with the passing days of summer. Cone shaped flowers can each reach a foot in size, bringing a fresh, clean look to the yard. A large and very cold hardy shrub, winter doesn't phase 'Limelight' in the least. Dried flowerheads will hold their color in place, even through fall frosts. (Hydrangea paniculata)

Zones 3 - 8
Advantages
Cut Flowers
Cut Flowers
Extended Blooms
Extended Blooms
Dried Flowers
Dried Flowers
Hedge / Screen
Hedge / Screen
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Half Sun / Half Shade
Half Sun / Half Shade
Mature Plant Size 72-96" tall (6-8 feet), 72-96" wide (6-8 feet)
Bloom Time Mid summer to fall
Size Plant - 3.5" pot
SKU 29SHRUB

Plant Information

72-96" tall (6-8 feet) x 72-96" wide (6-8 feet) ‘Limelight’ is a panicle hydrangea with large, almost 12 inch long cone-shaped clusters of green to white flowers in midsummer that slowly turn to a blush pink as fall approaches. They turn golden brown and continue to add interest to the garden throughout the winter. Leaves are chartreuse green during the summer. ‘Limelight’ performs as a showy specimen plant, blooming hedge, or as background plant for the mixed border. This hydrangea blooms on new growth, so no matter how cold the winter, you’re always guaranteed to have flowers every summer. ‘Limelight’ flowers are excellent cut flowers for large, dramatic fresh indoor arrangements and hold up well in dried arrangements, too. Grow in full sun to part shade in slightly moist, well-draining soil. The warmer the climate, the more afternoon shade the plant will tolerate. In hot climates, ‘Limelight’ might wilt a bit during the late afternoon. Take care not to overwater it. It will bounce back during the evening. Prune for size in spring after the plant starts leafing out.

About Hydrangeas

Hydrangea shrubs are native to the US and Asia and produce showy flowers throughout the summer season. There are many varieties available, each showcasing differing bloom colors, flower shapes, overall heights/spreads, levels of winter hardiness, and abilities to be grown in containers.

What does "Blooms on old/new wood" mean and what does that have to do with winter?

Some hydrangeas produce buds that will turn into flowers on old wood (also called "last year's growth"), while others produce blooms on new wood (aka "this year's growth") and still others will flower on both old and new wood. This detail is especially valuable for cold-climate gardeners who may be apt to lose some of their hydrangea branches to breakage from heavy snow and ice, or who may see developing buds killed off by late spring frosts.

For these gardeners, losing old growth branches and young buds could mean missing out on hydrangea flowers the following summer. Choosing a variety that blooms on new wood (or both types of growth) is extra insurance; it means that regardless of your winter and late-spring weather, you can still count on your shrub to produce flowers come summer.

Likewise, warm-climate gardeners who choose varieties that only bloom on new wood, will have to make it a point to prune their hydrangea shrubs in order to encourage new buds to form. A simple task for sure, but one that needs to be remembered.

What does "Bloom color depends on soil type" mean?

The color of most hydrangea blooms are directly tied to the mineral make up of your soil and its overall pH. To really see bold colors, you'll have the best results when planting in containers, which will allow you to create your preferred soil conditions at planting time. Although soil pH can be changed directly in the garden bed, it often takes more than one season to see results. The color of native Smooth hydrangeas (Hydrangea arborescens) cannot be changed.

Acid soils (with a pH below 7) produce purple-to-blue blooms, with the brightest blue blooms resulting from the most-acidic soils. To coax your hydrangeas into producing blue blooms, you can amend your soil with sulfur, or mulch your plants with a pine and/or cedar needle mulch.

Alkaline soils (with a pH above 7) produce pink blooms. The more alakaline (or sweet) your soil is, the deeper pink your blooms will be. This can be achieved by adding lime around your planting area. It is, however, more difficult to turn hydrangea blooms pink because as a general rule, most plants struggle to be healthy in soils with a pH above 7.


Hydrangea Types

Many hydrangeas today are available in a range of heights and bloom cycles, regardless of their overall type. For example, you can find Mopheads that bloom on new growth and Panicles that are container-friendly.

Mopheads: (Hydrangea macrophylla) The most well-known (yet least cold hardy) hydrangea, Mopheads are known for their oversized blooms that come in two flower types - Lacecaps and Pom-poms. Also known as "Bigleaf" hydrangeas, the foliage on Mopheads is quite enormous and delivers a lot of greenery to the garden.

Panicle: (Hydrangea paniculata) Huge, cone-shaped blooms and excellent cold hardiness are the hallmarks of the Panicle hydrangea. Their arching branches and plentiful blooms also tolerate more sun than other varieties.

Smooth/ Snowball: (Hydrangea arborescens) Also known as "Wild" Hydrangeas, these shrubs are native to the eastern US - and while their color cannot be altered by changing soil pH, their blooms tend to turn a pale green as fall approaches.

Mountain: (Hydrangea serrata) More compact than Mopheads and presenting dainty lacecap blooms and smaller leaves, these hydrangeas are native to the mountains of Korea and Japan where they're known as 'Tea of Heaven'. They're known for a slightly weeping shape and a long season of blooms.

Oakleafs: (Hydrangea quercifolia) Native to the eastern/southeastern US, Oakleafs have deeply-lobed foliage that changes color dramatically in autumn. Very cold hardy with showy, elongated blooms.

How to Choose the Right Hydrangeas

Associated SKUs
1HYDRG
29SHRUB (Plant - 3.5" pot)
1HYDR (Plant - 4" pot) - Out of stock.
Common Name Limelight Hardy Hydrangea PP#12874
Botanical Name Hydrangea paniculata Limelight PP#12874
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Flower Color Green
Flower Size 12" Flowers
Mature Height 72-96" tall (6-8 feet)
Estimated Mature Spread 72-96" wide (6-8 feet)
Growth Rate Medium
Bloom Time Mid summer to fall
Planting Depth Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Ships As Potted Plant
Foliage Color Green
Foliage Oval dark green leaves turn red later in season.
Planting Time Spring / Summer
Soil Type Loamy Soil, Acidic Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Well Draining
Advantages Cut Flowers, Extended Blooms, Dried Flowers, Hedge / Screen
Poisonous or Toxic to Animals Yes. Bark, leaves and flower buds.
Ideal Region Northeast, Midwest, Pacific Northwest
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

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3.0

Growing so slowly

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from Florida

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Comments about American Meadows Limelight Hydrangea:

Arrived very small and growing slowly. Waiting for blooms and hoping for a beautiful future!

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2.0

very small and no growth

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from iowa

Comments about American Meadows Limelight Hydrangea:

this was very small when arrived and has not shown any growth despite the watering and fertilizer it was given.hope it makes it thru winter

 
5.0

I can't wait for it to bloom

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from Shady Cove, OR

Pros

  • It's budding out already

Cons

  • None so far

Best Uses

  • Garden bed

Comments about American Meadows Limelight Hydrangea:

It's budding out a bit, and I'm encouraged as of 3/28/2012 (planted in fall 2011). My older hydrangeas show more growth and buds, but I'm sure this one will do the same in coming years.

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USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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