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

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
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Wet Mesic
Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 6 - 8 feet
Plant Spread: 6 - 8 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Deciduous
Fruit: Dehiscent
Flowers: Showy
Blooms on new wood
Flower Color: Green
Pink
Red
Other: Pale green to white and age to pink, red and burgundy shades
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Fall
Late fall or early winter
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Pollution
Drought tolerant
Pollinators: Bees
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Patent/Plant Breeders' Rights: USPP12,874 Can. Can. 2319
Awards and Recognitions: Other: 2011 Great Plant Picks award winner

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Location: My garden in Warrenville, SCDate: July 20, 2015
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Location: My garden in Warrenville, SCDate: 2018-07-15check out how much this plant has grown in my garden by looking a
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Location: My garden in Warrenville, SCDate: 2017-07-09
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Date: Aug 2011
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Location: Lincolnshire, England, UKDate: 22 September 2011Limelight in September
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Location: At a Utah nurseryDate: 2011-10-19Fall color
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Location: Illinois State University Horticultural Center, Normal, ILDate: 2010-07-27Limelight Hydrangea in full bloom
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Location: In my garden, Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens, South Amana, IADate: Late summerIt's hard to believe that this is 'Limelight,' but it is.
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Location: My garden in Warrenville, SCDate: 2016-07-06In full sun all day; temps near 100...still looks great!
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Location: Lincolnshire, England, UKDate: 22 September 2011Limelight- Moving into Autumn the blooms tinge with pink
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Photo Courtesy of Hydrangea Farm Nursery Used with Permission
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Location: VirginiaDate: 2012-08-02
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Location: VirginiaDate: 2012-08-08
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Location: Belmont garden - shady spotDate: 2010-0714
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Date: 2014-09-19
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Location: My garden in Warrenville, SCDate: 2016-07-06
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Location: The Park, full sun.Date: 2016-07-15It's so green! Never before has it been this green.
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Location: The Park, full sun.Date: 2016-07-15All bottom growth was removed last year to provide more room for
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Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, GaDate: 2018-07-08Panicle Hydrangea 002
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Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, GaDate: 2018-07-08Panicle Hydrangea 001
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Location: Lionville (Exton), PennsylvaniaDate: 2015-08-25two full-grown shrubs in parking lot island
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Location: Lionville (Exton), PennsylvaniaDate: 2015-08-25big flower heads
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Location: West Chester, PennsylvaniaDate: 2011-08-08one tree form in bloom
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Date: 2011-07-21Photo Courtesy of Hydrangeas Plus Used with Permission
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Location: VermontDate: 2013-09-03
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Location: Belmont garden - shady spotDate: 2011-1024As I dug it up to move it you can see it split in two. I planted
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Location: Belmont garden - shady spotDate: 2010-0801
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Location: The ParkDate: 2013-07-06
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Location: Belmont gardenDate: 2014-07-25
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Location: Mobot, St L. (Missouri Botanical Garden)Date: 2017-08-09
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2017-10-09
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2017-10-09
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2017-10-09
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2017-10-09
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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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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Jan 31, 2019 3:31 PM

This new cultivar, patented on August 20th, 2002, is popular right now and available from many conventional nurseries. It has very large roundish pyramidal flower clusters of mostly the sterile petal-like florets. The flowers should begin creamy white, then develop a greenish tinge, then turn dark pink, and then turn brown.

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