Hydrangea paniculata Limelight Prime®
Hydrangea paniculata Limelight Prime®

Hydrangea paniculata Limelight Prime®

SKU: S63001
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Quick Facts
Common Name: Panicle Hydrangea
Hardiness Zone: 3-8S/W Exposure: Sun to Part Shade
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Blooms In: Aug-Oct
Mature Height: 4-6' Spacing: 4'
Read our Growing Guide Ships as: ONE GALLON POT
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With a mature height that’s 2’ shorter than its close relative Hydrangea ‘Limelight,’ compact Hydrangea paniculata Limelight Prime® offers all the same qualities – and more – for smaller spaces. Like its progenitor, Prime® offers a lavish display of greenish white panicle flowers that look cool in summer and shade pink in fall. The blooms are held on sturdy stems, and because this Hydrangea flowers on new growth, the blossoms appear reliably every year no matter how harsh the winter. But Prime® also blossoms earlier than ‘Limelight,’ and offers remarkable hardiness at both ends of the hot/cold spectrum. A classic choice for hedging, layering amid foundation plants, and adding gorgeous flowers to the high summer and late season garden. A Proven Winners®/Color Choice® variety. ‘SMNHPPH’ PP 32,511

Because Paniculata Hydrangeas bloom on new growth, they typically flower normally even if the twigs have been killed back by frost. Plant in a sunny, well-drained spot; some early afternoon shade is beneficial in hot southern regions. Prune in late winter or early spring.

Hydrangea is a valuable genus of some 100 species of shrubs and vines grown for their large and very showy flower heads. Hydrangeas are at their best in summer and fall—a quiet time for most woody plants—and are worth having for that reason alone.

For more information on Hydrangea care, click on Growing Guide.




The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.


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Be prepared to stake it up

Based on how my new shrub has performed, and on observation of my neighbors Limelights, I just am not convinced these types of large panicle shrubs that bloom on new wood are meant for our unpredictable NE weather. Same with the arborescens like Incrediball. They are supposed to have stronger stems than the previous versions (i.e. Limelight and Anabelle). They are glorious in bloom, but it is a common sight and sad to see the branches laying on the ground after it rains. And they do not bounce back when dry. My Incrediball didn't make it. I will give this Limelight one more season then moving on to something more reliable. I have had better luck with Bobo hydrangeas.

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I purchased 3 they looked very healthy and moist. Only one was slightly drier but still look fantastic. No broken parts and had buds on arrival.

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Growing guide

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Latin Name Pronunciation: hye-dran'jee-uh 

Growing H. paniculata

Light/Watering: Most varieties thrive in full sun in the North, but in the South require afternoon shade. Moist soils that do not dry out are best; do not plant in hot, dry, exposed sites. Mulch to conserve moisture and buffer soil temperatures.

Fertilizer/Soil and pH: Fertilize once in spring with a fertilizer designed to encourage blooms (such as 15-30-15). Soils should be moist but well drained, and rich in organic matter.

Pests/Diseases: None serious. Occasionally powdery mildew will infect the foliage, especially in humid areas with poor air circulation. Treat with an appropriate fungicide if the problem is serious, and be sure to rake up and destroy all fallen foliage in the autumn.

Pruning: Little pruning is needed beyond removing any dead wood whenever seen. If desired, plants can be cut back as needed in early spring. Hydrangea paniculata blooms on new wood.

Tree form Hydrangea paniculata: Prune in early spring, removing lower suckers and up to half the older top growth.

Transplanting: Young plants may be transplanted when dormant in early spring. Prune top growth after transplanting to reduce water loss.

End of Season Care: Rake up and destroy any fallen foliage that was infected by powdery mildew or other fungi.

Calendar of Care

Early Spring: If desired, prune as indicated above. Feed plants with a fertilizer high in phosphorus (such as 15-30-15) to encourage blooms. Complete any transplanting before leaves unfurl.

Mid-Spring: Mulch plants after soil has warmed to conserve moisture and buffer soil temperatures. Watch for powdery mildew and treat as needed.

Summer: As soon as blooms fade, remove old flowering stems.

Fall: Remove and destroy any fallen foliage that was infected by powdery mildew.

For more information on growing Hydrangeas, click here.