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Hydrangea paniculata 'Limelight'

Family: Hydrangeaceae (hy-drain-jee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hydrangea (hy-DRAIN-juh) (Info)
Species: paniculata (pan-ick-yoo-LAY-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Limelight
Additional cultivar information: (PP12874)
Hybridized by Zwijnenburg; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2001

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6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Pale Green

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Flowers are good for drying and preserving

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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14 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral deb02 On Jul 25, 2014, deb02 from Rochester, NY wrote:

I purchased this tree late last summer- it was in full bloom and was beautiful- this year, however, nothing has bloomed- the tree is full of leaves, but no white or green blooms like last year- Is this unusual for this tree at this time of year? I live in Rochester, NY

Positive Noelle216 On Jun 12, 2012, Noelle216 from Bayside, NY (Zone 7a) wrote:

I planted a 5' tall grafted, heavily pruned, dormant, tree-form "Limelight" in April 2012. It leafed out immediately and is now forming some flower heads. Mine has a strong trunk which did not require staking. I'm eagerly waiting for the first year's blooms, and will revise this post at a later date.

Positive pirl On Oct 21, 2011, pirl from (Arlene) Southold, NY (Zone 7a) wrote:

Easy to propagate from layering.

Positive midwest6708 On Sep 26, 2010, midwest6708 from Saint Louis, MO (Zone 6b) wrote:

Planted this March while still dormant, this was my Limelight's first season. It was entrancing from the start... First, the chartreuse leaves of spring distinguished themselves nicely in the afternoon shade against the chocolate brown brick of the house, where darker leaves go completely unnoticed from the street. Then as the blooms unfolded, their refreshing celery-green color accented the light green foliage beautifully as they aged toward pure white at the height of summer. Now, at the end of season, the foliage is darker green and the flowers' greenish undertone has re-emerged, but now is blushed with dusky rose.

It being my first hydrangea ever, I am surprised at how healthy the leaves look this late in the season. Expected them to be ratty and stressed from the record-setting heat this year, but there's nary a scar on them.
Can't find anything negative about this plant. Love it!

Positive katrun On Apr 22, 2010, katrun from Alexandria, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:

Nice plant. I had to moved it to more sun because it was not doing to well in the shade for me. I planted it in full sun and it has done well.
I took several cuttings last year and had great success . Easy to grow just like any other hydrangea, The color is not that impressive, but its nice to have and I love it.

Positive jazzy1okc On Apr 6, 2010, jazzy1okc from Oklahoma City, OK wrote:

I work part time in a local nursery that has served several generations of excellent gardeners. Since its first year of introduction, this plant has sold out very quickly. Quite often we have a "run" on new plants that gradually slows to a walk. However, Limelight may be a marathon runner for two reasons: Like the oak leaf hydrangea, which is very popular here and has a wild "cousin" in our backwoods, Limelight is not affected by the frequent late freezes that send mop head lovers running for cover. My understanding is it is also "fool proof". In a state with frequent strong winds and heavy rain, pruning it to establish strong branch structure is probably a wise move. I just planted mine last year and am already impressed with the growth. Can't wait to see the blooms!

Positive revere51 On Aug 22, 2006, revere51 from Middleton, MA wrote:

Had great success this being the second yr...been supplying the neighbors with flowers.

Neutral soulbloom On Aug 18, 2006, soulbloom from Richmond, VA wrote:

Ehhhh! That pretty much sums up this plant. Though it doesn't stand out, it won't go unnoticed in the garden. I would describe mine as pretty much average.

Positive bigcityal On Nov 26, 2005, bigcityal from Menasha, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

Very nice form and color, easy to grow - why wouldn't you own one?

Positive zzazzq On Oct 17, 2005, zzazzq from Madison, MS wrote:

Has bloomed here in central MS in partial shade. Have trouble with the regular peegee, but this one does bloom here. Very light green to white flowers.

Positive pavulon On Aug 28, 2005, pavulon from Medford, WI wrote:

does well despite our cold winters

Positive alicewho On Jul 29, 2005, alicewho from North Augusta, SC (Zone 8a) wrote:

This hydrangea didn't come out as green as I had hoped, but the blooms are huge and plentiful. Fast grower and so far disease and pest free. It really stands out in the garden.

Positive bonniewong On Apr 15, 2005, bonniewong from edmonton
Canada wrote:

I purchased Limelight spring 2004,and am really impressed. It bloomed all summer in my zone 3 garden, the color was the most beautiful shade of light green.We had exceptionally hot weather with the most awful aphid epidemic and very few predators. It was so healthy, it didn't skip a beat, the foliage and flowers were unscathed. The buds are just starting to swell now mid April 2005, it survived -37C with little winter kill. By far the best hydrangea I have.

Positive lmelling On Dec 4, 2004, lmelling from Ithaca, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

Information from both "Hydrangeas for American Gardens," by Michael A. Dirr (2004) and "Encyclopedia of Hydrangeas" C.J. and D.M. Van Gelderen (2004 - Timber Press)

Well branched, medium sized shrub 6 - 10 feet, with 8 being the average, and 5 to 8 feet wide. The flowers carry only sterile ray-flowers and the panicles are almost as big as those of 'Grandiflora', but LIMELIGHT turns more to pink than does 'Grandiflora' according to Van Gelderen.

Professor Dirr notes that in zone 7, color showed an expression more towards white in this cultivar, possibly due to heat.

AKA 'Zwijnenburg' and trademarked name is LIMELIGHT. Bred by Pieter Zwijnenburg, Boskoop, Netherlands, in 1990.

Positive DreamOfSpring On Nov 3, 2004, DreamOfSpring from Charleston, SC (Zone 9a) wrote:

In my Zone 8b garden, the color ranges from faded green to off-white. The color is not as bright as I had hoped. However, on the plus side, I planted a 10" high specimen and in 1 year it had soared to 6 ft high and spread to 5 ft wide with over a dozen blooms each literally 10" x 10"! It has out-grown and out-produced all of my hydrangeas.

Positive Dea On Jul 10, 2004, Dea from Frederick, MD (Zone 6a) wrote:

The blooms are lime in color and then soften to an off-white/white as they progress.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Anniston, Alabama
Vincent, Alabama
Wetumpka, Alabama
Judsonia, Arkansas
Little Rock, Arkansas
Susanville, California
Marietta, Georgia
Norcross, Georgia
Ashkum, Illinois
Chicago, Illinois
Crystal Lake, Illinois
Litchfield, Illinois
Plainfield, Illinois
Saint Charles, Illinois
Westmont, Illinois
South Amana, Iowa
West Des Moines, Iowa
Louisville, Kentucky
Russell, Kentucky
Folsom, Louisiana
Cockeysville, Maryland
Frederick, Maryland
Silver Spring, Maryland
Mashpee, Massachusetts
Middleton, Massachusetts
Norton, Massachusetts
Springfield, Massachusetts
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
Hillsdale, Michigan
Holland, Michigan
Laingsburg, Michigan
Oxford, Michigan
Spring Lake, Michigan
Trout Creek, Michigan
Longville, Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Wyoming, Minnesota
Madison, Mississippi
Natchez, Mississippi
Seminary, Mississippi
Carson City, Nevada
Manchester, New Hampshire
Bedminster, New Jersey
Mays Landing, New Jersey
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Bayside, New York
Colden, New York
Croton On Hudson, New York
Elba, New York
New York City, New York
Rochester, New York (2 reports)
Southold, New York
Candler, North Carolina
Greenville, North Carolina
Morehead City, North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina
Pekin, North Dakota
Cincinnati, Ohio
Defiance, Ohio
Glouster, Ohio
Streetsboro, Ohio
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Eugene, Oregon
Morrisville, Pennsylvania
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Sarver, Pennsylvania
Lincoln, Rhode Island
North Smithfield, Rhode Island
Bluffton, South Carolina
Chapin, South Carolina
Conway, South Carolina
Lamar, South Carolina
North Augusta, South Carolina
Pickens, South Carolina
Pierre, South Dakota
Knoxville, Tennessee (2 reports)
Lancing, Tennessee
Nashville, Tennessee
Sweetwater, Tennessee
Quitman, Texas
Middlebury, Vermont
Alexandria, Virginia
Arlington, Virginia
Charlottesville, Virginia
Clarksville, Virginia
Disputanta, Virginia
Linden, Virginia
Richmond, Virginia (2 reports)
Urbanna, Virginia
Buckley, Washington
Lake Forest Park, Washington
Medford, Wisconsin
Menasha, Wisconsin

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