Panicle Hydrangea, Tree Hydrangea 'Little Lime'

Hydrangea paniculata

Family: Hydrangeaceae (hy-drain-jee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hydrangea (hy-DRAIN-juh) (Info)
Species: paniculata (pan-ick-yoo-LAY-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Little Lime
Additional cultivar information:(PP22330, aka Little Lime, Jane)
Hybridized by Wood
Registered or introduced: 2010
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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

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:

Full Sun

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:

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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:

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Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round


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


Birmingham, Alabama

Bentonville, Arkansas

Littleton, Colorado

Valparaiso, Florida

Carol Stream, Illinois

Dracut, Massachusetts

Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts

Spring Grove, Pennsylvania

Anderson, South Carolina

Warrenton, Virginia

Olympia, Washington

Burlington, Wisconsin

New Lisbon, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 24, 2017, kavykeeper from Carol Stream, IL wrote:

I have 14 different varieties of hydrangea but Little Lime is my favorite and the best performer in my 5b Chicago suburban garden. It's a prolific bloomer and is breathtaking in it's second year in my garden. It doesn't wilt in the sun and doesn't get brown edges on the leaves like Endless Summer does. It's a beautiful little gem. The other hydrangea that's a close second is Pinky Winky. The only one that doesn't rate high on my list is Early Sensation. It's marginal, at best.


On Jun 9, 2015, SpringwoodGrdns from Penn Hills, PA wrote:

This plant was named for its semblance to Limelight, but it differs in that the blooms go through stages of cream and pink colors. Either way, it has done extremely well for me in the three years I've had it.


On Apr 7, 2015, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

This cultivar is more compact than most. It has performed well here.

The cultivar name is 'Jane'. "Little Lime" is a trade name designed to draw crossover appeal from the immensely popular "Limelight".

US PP # 22,330 (2011)


On Jun 23, 2012, Gracye from Warrenton, VA wrote:

Have no experience growing Hydrangeas, but have 3 different ones now! Bought a one-gallon container LL last year. Planted it on top of my well, to hide the well.
This Spring, it branched out well, the leaves are not anything special. But it does its job in hiding that well stem. Now, in June, it is about 3' wide x 2' tall, and the green blooms are opening around the "base" of the shrub. Nice, mannerly, was reasonable in cost. Not fussy. So far, so good! Nothing to get excited about, but low in demands.