Native to China and Japan, Panicle Hydrangea 'Limelight' (Hydrangea paniculata) is one of the most winter hardy of the hydrangeas, featuring dense, luxuriant conical flowers, ranging from 6 to 12 in. (15-30 cm). Held upright, they are well distributed, making a very attractive plant and display. As an added bonus, they change color as they mature, gradually turning from lime-green to creamy white in late summer to a rich, deep pink before finally fading to beige in fall. As the flower show fades, the oval, dark green leaves turn to lovely shades of red for a breathtaking autumn display. Persisting well into winter, the panicles provide additional winter interest.
- Vigorous and fast growing, this deciduous shrub typically grows 6-8 feet tall (180-240 cm).
- Winner of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society and Gold Medal Award of The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.
- Sun or partial sun lover, it thrives in rich, medium moisture, well-drained soils and tolerates heat, humidity and urban environment. Afternoon shade in hot summer climates is recommended.
- Easy-to-grow plant with reliable flowering and flower color regardless of soil PH.
- Mass in mixed shrub borders for dramatic summer blooms, in front of walls, fences, taller shrubs and trees. Great as an accent plant or hedge too. Panicles may be cut for fresh arrangements or for drying.
- Best if pruned back in late winter or early spring. Blooms occur on current season's growth, ensuring reliable flowering.
- Can cause mild stomach upset if ingested and contact with foliage may aggravate skin allergies.