PlantFiles: Panicle Hydrangea, Tree Hydrangea Hydrangea paniculata 'Limelight'
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Hardiness: 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
Danger: Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Bloom Color: Rose/Mauve 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: Patented
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
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
On Nov 3, 2004, DreamOfSpring from Charleston, SC (Zone 8b) 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.
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 Blue Ridge, Alabama Vincent, 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 Raceland, Kentucky Folsom, Louisiana Cockeysville, Maryland Frederick, Maryland Mashpee, Massachusetts Middleton, Massachusetts Norton, Massachusetts Springfield, Massachusetts Dearborn Heights, Michigan Hillsdale, Michigan Holland, Michigan Oxford, Michigan Spring Lake, Michigan Trout Creek, Michigan East Bethel, Minnesota Gem Lake, Minnesota Longville, Minnesota Minneapolis, Minnesota Madison, Mississippi Natchez, Mississippi Seminary, Mississippi Carson City, Nevada Pinardville, New Hampshire Bedminster, New Jersey Mays Landing, New Jersey Canada De Los Alamos, New Mexico , New York Colden, New York Elba, New York New York, New York Rochester, New York Southold, New York Candler, North Carolina Greenville, North Carolina Morehead City, North Carolina Raleigh, North Carolina Pekin, North Dakota Defiance, Ohio Glouster, Ohio Madeira, Ohio Streetsboro, Ohio Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Eugene, Oregon East Norriton, Pennsylvania Morrisville, 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 East Highland Park, Virginia Linden, Virginia Richmond, Virginia Urbanna, Virginia Buckley, Washington Lake Forest Park, Washington Medford, Wisconsin Menasha, Wisconsin