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Native alternative(s) for Hydrangea paniculata 'Limelight' PP #12874:
Hydrangea arborescens Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle'
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Hydrangea macrophylla 'Glowing Embers' Hydrangea macrophylla 'Glowing Embers'
Hydrangea arborescens 'NCHA3' PP28,317 Hydrangea arborescens 'NCHA3' PPAF
Hydrangea paniculata Hydrangea paniculata
Hydrangea paniculata 'Limelight' PP #12874 has some common insect problems:
Aphids Found on Flowers and Foliage

Hydrangea paniculata 'Limelight' PP #12874

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
hy-DRAN-jee-uh pan-ick-yoo-LAY-tuh
This plant has low severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

The  'Limelight' hydrangea has unique, light-chartreuse blooms in late summer that fade into a rich deep pink. This hardy introduction from Holland has reliable flower heads ranging from 6 to 12 inches in length. Like all hydrangeas, 'Limelight' prefers good loamy soil with modest amounts of soil moisture. When established, this selection will tolerate brief periods of drought. Grow it in full sun to light shade. Morning sun with afternoon shade is preferred. They are shallow-rooted and will benefit from a 2-3″ layer of compost or mulch. Soil pH does not affect bloom color.

Give 'Limelight' plenty of room as it will easily reach a height between 6 to 8 feet when mature. The blossoms make attractive fresh bouquets or dried arrangements. This cultivar has stronger stems than most Hydrangea and can hold up the large flowers even after heavy rain.

If you prefer a more compact variety, the cultivar 'Little Lime' has many of the same characteristics and grows half as tall as 'Limelight'. Both these varieties bloom on the current season's growth and are not troubled by late-season frosts. 

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: Aphids and mites occasionally visit but are rarely a problem.  Some susceptibility to leaf spot, rust, mildew, bud blight, and bacterial wilt. It is susceptible to damage by deer.

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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#arching#deciduous#fall color#poisonous#perennial#easy to grow#pink flowers#green flowers#mulch#deciduous shrub#cut flowers#afternoon shade#show stopper#chartreuse#cottage garden#accent plant#repeat bloom#dried flowers#moist soil#well-drained soil#multistemmed#neutral ph#dappled sunlight#morning sun#long bloom time#rich soil#woodland#rounded#easy care#cutting garden#cold hardy#acidic soil tolerant#naturalized area#dried arrangements#winter hardy#border back#humidity tolerant#urban conditions tolerant#fall color red#border#remontant#problem for cats#problem for dogs#problem for horses#hedge#pollution tolerant#ppw
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Hydrangea
    Species:
    paniculata
    Family:
    Hydrangeaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Layering
    Root Cutting
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Holland
    Dimensions:
    Height: 6 ft. 0 in. - 8 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 6 ft. 0 in. - 8 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Perennial
    Poisonous
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Arching
    Erect
    Multi-stemmed
    Open
    Rounded
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Medium
    Texture:
    Coarse
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    6-feet-12 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5b, 5a, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    dehiscent oval; does not attract wildlife
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Cream/Tan
    Green
    Pink
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Panicle
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Good Cut
    Good Dried
    Long Bloom Season
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Cross
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    Flower heads range from 6-12 inches long, consisting of both fertile and sterile flowers.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Rough
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    prominent veins
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Light Brown
    Light Gray
    Surface/Attachment:
    Furrowed
    Shredding
    Bark Description:
    Grey-brown and shreds when mature, irregularly furrowed
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Naturalized Area
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Cottage Garden
    Cutting Garden
    Shade Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Border
    Hedge
    Specimen
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Humidity
    Pollution
    Urban Conditions
    Problems:
    Poisonous to Humans
    Problem for Cats
    Problem for Dogs
    Problem for Horses
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    Low
    Poison Symptoms:
    Nausea, stomach pain, vomiting, sweating.
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Hydrangin, a cyanogenic glycoside.
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    No