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. 2319
Awards and Recognitions: Other: 2011 Great Plant Picks award winner; 2018 Louisiana Super Plant

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

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Location: Belarus
Date: 2019-08-05
Our garden
Location: Iowa
Location: Germany
Date: 2021-08-04
Location: Iowa
Location: My garden in Warrenville, SC
Date: July 20, 2015
Location: Belarus
Date: 2021-08-27
Our garden
Location: Belarus
Date: 2021-07-28
Our garden
Location: Germany
Date: 2021-08-02
Photo by Calif_Sue
Location: Poland
Date: 2022-08-30
Second year in my garden and the biggest panicles were the size o
Location: Local neighborhood garden
Date: 2019-07-25
Photo by clintbrown
Location: My Yard
New addition this year. Acquired in late March from Blustone Pere
Location: Illinois State University Horticultural Center, Normal, IL
Date: 2010-07-27
Limelight Hydrangea in full bloom
Location: My garden in Warrenville, SC
Date: 2018-07-15
check out how much this plant has grown in my garden by looking a
Photo by SCButtercup
Location: In my garden, Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens, South Amana, IA
Date: Late summer
It's hard to believe that this is 'Limelight,' but it is.
Location: my front yard
Date: 2011-08-08
Photo by PollyK
Location: Eagle Bay, New York
Date: 2022-08-30
Panicle Hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata Limelight™) about 10 ye
Location: My garden in Warrenville, SC
Date: 2016-07-06
Location: My garden in Warrenville, SC
Date: 2016-07-06
In full sun all day; temps near 100...still looks great!
Location: My garden in N E Pa. 
Date: 2015-07-14
Location: My garden in Warrenville, SC
Date: 2017-07-09
Location: my front yard
Date: 2011-08-15
Location: my front yard
Date: 2011-08-15
Location: Belmont garden - shady spot
Date: 2010-0714
Location: East border
Date: August
Location: Eagle Bay, New York
Date: 2021-10-14
Panicle Hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata Limelight™), autumn
Location: Flowery Branch, GA
Date: 2017-09-24

Photo Courtesy of Hydrangea Farm Nursery Used with Permission
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Location: Lincolnshire, England, UK
Date: 22 September 2011
Limelight- Moving into Autumn the blooms tinge with pink
Location: Lincolnshire, England, UK
Date: 22 September 2011
Limelight in September
Location: Home
Date: 2016-09-17
Location: Home
Date: 2016-09-17
Photo by SCButtercup

Date: Aug 2011
Location: The Park, full sun.
Date: 2016-07-15
It's so green! Never before has it been this green.
Location: The Park, full sun.
Date: 2016-07-15
All bottom growth was removed last year to provide more room for
Photo by Legalily
Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, Ga
Date: 2018-07-08
Panicle Hydrangea 002
Location: At a Utah nursery
Date: 2011-10-19
Fall color
Location: Belmont garden - shady spot
Date: 2011-1024
As I dug it up to move it you can see it split in two. I planted
Location: The Park
Date: 2013-07-06
Location: Eagle Bay, New York
Date: 2021-10-14
Panicle Hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata Limelight™)

Date: 2013-09-19

Date: 2013-09-19
Photo by Roses_R_Red

Date: 2014-09-19
Location: Belmont garden
Date: 2014-07-25
Location: Virginia
Date: 2012-08-02
Location: Virginia
Date: 2012-08-08
Location: West border
Date: July 2015
Location: Lionville (Exton), Pennsylvania
Date: 2015-08-25
two full-grown shrubs in parking lot island
Location: Lionville (Exton), Pennsylvania
Date: 2015-08-25
big flower heads
Location: West Chester, Pennsylvania
Date: 2011-08-08
one tree form in bloom
Photo by Legalily
Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, Ga
Date: 2018-07-08
Panicle Hydrangea 001
Location: Belmont garden - shady spot
Date: 2010-0801

Date: 2013-10-04

Date: 2013-10-04

Date: 2013-10-04
Location: Mount Bethel, PA
Date: 2009-10-23
Everyone that I know now has part of the dried blooms.  They last
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2017-10-09
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2017-10-09
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2017-10-09
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2017-10-09
Location: Vermont
Date: 2013-09-03

Date: 2012-07-13
Location: Mobot, St L. (Missouri Botanical Garden)
Date: 2017-08-09
Location: Home
Date: 2016-09-17

Date: 2013-09-19

Date: 2014-09-19

Date: 2011-07-21
Photo Courtesy of Hydrangeas Plus Used with Permission
  • Uploaded by vic
Location: At a Utah Nursery
Date: 2011-10-19
White fall color
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Comments:
  • Posted by ssgardener (Silver Spring, MD - Zone 7a) on Dec 6, 2011 6:21 PM concerning plant:
    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!
  • Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Jan 31, 2019 3:31 PM concerning plant:
    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.
  • Posted by okus (Lincolnshire, UK) on Sep 22, 2011 4:49 AM concerning plant:
    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.
  • Posted by pirl (Southold, Long Island, NY - Zone 7a) on Aug 24, 2014 9:06 AM concerning plant:
    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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