Panicle Hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata Limelight™) in the Hydrangeas Database

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Trade name information:
Trade Name: Limelight™
Cultivar name: 'Limelight'
Common names:
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Also sold as:
Hydrangea paniculata 'Zwijnenburg'

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Wet Mesic
Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Plant Height: 3 feet
Plant Spread: 3 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Deciduous
Fruit: Dehiscent
Flowers: Showy
Blooms on new wood
Flower Color: Green
Other: Pale green to white
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Pollution
Pollinators: Bees
Miscellaneous: Patent/Plant Breeders' Rights: USPP12,874 Can. Can.: 2319
Awards and Recognitions: Other: 2011 Great Plant Picks award winner

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Posted by Frillylily (springfield MO area - Zone 6a) on Jul 20, 2016 7:18 PM

I had Japanese Beetles on my roses, crepe myrtle, and hibiscus, but did not get any on this shrub. I had to spray the others just to control the bugs, but they didn't bother this at all and I did not spray it. It also overwintered here for me in zone 6, it came back strongly after its first winter, and it bloomed like crazy.

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Posted by okus (Lincolnshire, UK) on Sep 22, 2011 4:49 AM

This Hydrangea has huge panicles, 8-10 inches long and 6 inches across, on very long stems. They change colour as they mature, starting lime green, turning true white, and finally developing a rusty pink tinge as they go over.

It is drought tolerant and grows well in my dry stony soil. It is also hardier than the "mopheads." When they were cut back to ground level by -14C temperatures and deep snow last winter, Limelight retained its structure. It is now, after 3 years, a large bush about 5 feet tall and the same across.

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Posted by ssgardener (Silver Spring, MD - Zone 7a) on Dec 6, 2011 6:21 PM

I wish I had room for 5 more of these hydrangeas.

The flowers start a beautiful lime green color and turn bright white. They're supposed to turn pink before turning brown, but mine just turned brown. I think I may have not watered it enough at the time it was supposed to turn pink. I hope they turn pink next fall.

The brown flower heads provide great winter interest. Mine's in the northwest corner of my house and gets full sun from about 1 pm to sunset, and it's done beautifully! No sign of sun or heat damage at all. My neighbor has a different cultivar of paniculata and the blooms flop all the way to the ground. But the Limelight blooms stay upright on strong stems.

I can't recommend this plant enough!

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Posted by pirl (Southold, Long Island, NY - Zone 7a) on Aug 24, 2014 9:06 AM

Limelight is a winner. The huge heads, glowing light green early on in the blooming season, then changing to a very pleasant creamy off-white, are treasures. It is tall and gets tall fast from a very young plant - doesn't waste any time! Ours is now well over 6' tall. Originally planted in 2008, a gift from a very generous trader.

The heads dry beautifully in a vase without any water. No need to hang them upside down.

It happily layers itself from branches that touch the earth.

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