Limelight Hydrangea Tree

Huge Goblet Blooms From Summer Through Fall Light Up the Landscape!

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If you really want to add an ‘awe’ factor to your landscape, the Limelight Hydrangea tree form is exactly what you need!

The Limelight Hydrangea paniculata in tree form raises its enormous, beautiful creamy white flowers at eye level, making it impossible to miss! The flowers begin a soft lime green, fading into a graceful white in the mid summer with hints of pink, red, and burgundy in fall as the white blooms age.

The cone shaped flowers of the panicle hydrangea shrub will stand out amongst others to rounded nature and beautiful colors. Growing hydrangea trees makes a true statement piece in your yard!

The Lime Hydrangea tree features deep, rich green foliage all season long with pointy green leaves. The dark green foliage contrasts the lime green flowers nicely during the full bloom time.

This deciduous dwarf tree has a course texture allowing it to stand apart from other flowering shrubs in your landscape. The Limelight plant is an excellent choice for any flower garden, it is easy to grow, and makes excellent cut flower clusters for arrangements or bouquets.

Limelight Hydrangea Tree Care

This white hydrangea tree size will reach around 10 feet tall at maturity with a 5 foot wide branch spread. The tree form Limelight Hydrangea growth rate is very rapid. The fast growing tree can grow up to 1-2 feet per year. The large flowering tree will ship at a height of 3-4 feet from the top of the root ball on a sturdy central leader stem as it is already trained to grow as a small ornamental tree.

The Limelight tree can grow in both partial shade and full sun conditions and prefers moist, well-drained soil types. The perfect planting site is one with morning sun and afternoon shade, bright indirect light is best. The best time to plant the hydrangea trees is in spring or fall. Hydrangea shrubs prefer slightly acidic soil with a soil pH between 5-6.

Fertilize with a slow release fertilizer or plant food at the top of the root ball in early spring to jumpstart flowering. Allow soil to dry in between waterings for the best results. Apply mulch around the root system to help retain moisture and protect the roots during winter.

Grow this proven winner tree form hydrangea plant all across North America in the department of agriculture plant hardiness zones 3-9. It can be grown in almost every United States location and is very cold hardy.

Pruning Limelight Hydrangea Tree

If you are wondering when to prune the limelight hydrangea variety to maintain its tree form, prune in late winter to early spring when the tree is finished blooming and before new growth begins. The dwarf hydrangea tree blooms on new wood.

You do not want to prune flower heads or celadon green flowers on the hydrangea blooms. You only want to prune lower branches and you can shape the tree however you would like when it is the ideal time to bloom.

Looking for the shrub version of this plant? The Limelight Hydrangea bush is equally as beautiful in shrub form.

Contact us if you have any questions about the Limelight Hydrangea tree for sale. We can give you information on shipping details and shipping time. These are not bare root trees. They are rooted in their nursery container in high quality soil.

It makes the perfect small tree for your yard! Check out the Hydrangea Grow Guide for more information on growing and cultivating hydrangeas and our blog Why is my Hydrangea Wilting. Looking to go on a pruning adventure? Check out How to Prune Limelight Hydrangea into a Tree!

Botanical Name

Hydrangea paniculata 'Limelight'

Sunlight Full Sun / Partial Shade
Flower Color Pale, lime green
Foliage Color Green
Mature Height 8-10 ft
Mature Width 3-5 ft
Growing Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Growing Zones
Special Features
  • Showy large flowers
  • Tolerates full sun
  • Repeat bloomer
  • Low maintenance

Shipping Info

Once your Limelight Hydrangea Tree order is placed, we will ship your plant(s) within seven business days year round unless during the checkout process you request otherwise in the space provided to do so.

Perfect Plants’ shipping specialists carefully package your plants using a proven packaging method that ensures your plants arrive healthy, colorfully alive and ready to flourish. We’ve coined the term ‘upside down box test’ and we do just that; we carefully package so that regardless of the direction your box is handled, it will not harm your precious plant that’s inside.

upside down test

No shipping process is without a problem from time to time. On rare occasions some plants may experience some of the following during their transit: drooping, minor leaf-loss and/or minimal yellowing/discoloration, minor limb damage, etc. These instances are quite rare, but can happen when shipping plants in boxes.

Plants normally recover within a few weeks after planting. If a damaged box has injured your plant on the inside, please notify us within 5 days of receiving you package(s) by emailing us a photograph of the damage.

We always do our very best to ensure that your plants are packed and shipped in the safest, gentlest and most effective way possible.

Will my plants and trees look like the photographs?

Absolutely! Unlike other online nurseries, our photos are of actual plants and trees we’ve grown here, on our family operated nursery.

our story Lloyd nurseryGrowing our own plants and trees helps to ensure we ship you the best quality plants that are free of pests and diseases.

Your plants and trees may however not ship with flowers on them, like the photographs. This all depends on the time of year you buy your plant or tree. Crape Myrtle trees, for example, only bloom during the summer months, so if you purchase one during the spring or fall, they would ship without flowers. Once planted, your plants will grow and thrive giving you flowers for many years to come!

Pot Sizes

Pot sizes (commonly referred to in gallons) are shipped in the same size nursery trade pots which may vary in actual volume. Some plants may have been at the approximate pot size listed, but require excess dirt to be removed so that you will not be paying any additional shipping costs. This doesn’t happen very often though.

Shipping Fees

Our shipping charges are based on the value of your order.  Please use the chart below to see what your shipping charge will be.

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Choose a planting location that offers adequate sunlight and shade in a low traffic area. Allow proper clearance for the mature growth size. Well-drained soil is ideal. Water regularly for the first planted year to ensure adequate water is available for establishing a strong root system. Prune as necessary to remove any damaged or dead foliage and to promote a well-balanced structure.

Planting Instructions:

Dig a hole approximately twice as wide as your new plant’s root ball and deep enough so that the top of the root ball is equal with the ground level.

Loosen the root ball using a small garden spade or by hand. Breaking smaller outer roots can encourage growth into the new soil, but take care to not damage large primary roots.

Place the plant in the hole and ensure that it is situated evenly upright.  Use the excavated soil to fill in around the root ball, using your foot to pack it in firmly. Thoroughly soak with a hose as you fill in the dirt. Take great care to not leave any gaps or air spaces around the root ball as this could kill the plant.

A 2-4 inch layer of mulch is strongly recommended to help retain moisture and discourage weed growth. Apply mulch over the entire planting area but keep away from the stems or trunk by a few inches. Ensure that the plant and surrounding soil is completely soaked with water.

To ensure the proper nutrients are available for the life of your plant our proprietary Perfect Plants Special Blend Soil and a once yearly application of Nutricote Total 360 Fertilizer are great considerations for your new plants!

8 reviews for Limelight Hydrangea Tree

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  1. Terrah

    I have purchased many plants, this nursery sent these plants to me packaged as if I had walked into their place of business and shopped face to face. The hydrangeas are bea-u-ti-ful! crazy huge. And the efficiency of them getting to me was unbelievable. If you want to shop for hydrangeas, try Perfect Plants.

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    • Perfect Plants (store manager)

      Thanks so much Terrah! That is exactly what we strive to do for our customers. We appreciate your business and hope you’ll return to Perfect Plants for any of your future gardening endeavors.

  2. Melanie

    I’ve seen so many gorgeous yards with the limelight hydrangea. After doing a lot of research at nurseries and online, I found that My Perfect Plants was the best fit for shipping my tree to me. I love their guarantee of quality. Thanks for the tree!

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  3. Melanie

    I loved the limelight hydrangea! Looks great in my yard and I appreciate all the help from the team at Perfect Plants in figuring out the perfect tree.

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    • Perfect Plants (store manager)

      Melanie, we are so pleased and happy to help any time in your choice of the limelight hydrangea tree. It’s one of our favorites!

  4. Rachel

    I love the limelight hydrangea as the perfect addition to our front yard, we get so many compliments. So easy to ship to our home.

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  5. Mary Bales

    The limelight tree is lighting up my yard as we speak!! Very happy with my first purchase from Perfect Plants :D

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    • Perfect Plants (store manager)

      We are so glad you are pleased with your new limelight tree!

  6. C. Guzzo

    We bought 6 trees from Perfect Plants and they came looking almost perfect. A few of the blooms were starting to fade but thats was ok due to time of the year. Very straight trunks and nicely shaped branches.

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    • Perfect Plants (store manager)

      These are one of our favorites! Already pruned into desired tree shape. Enjoy your new limelight hydrangea tree.

  7. Deidre Lannon (verified owner)

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    The plant was smaller than I expected, but it is doing well so far and hopefully will bloom nicely in the spring.

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    • Perfect Plants (store manager)

      Hi Deidre, thank you for your order of the Limelight Hydrangea Tree! Your new plant will have gorgeous blooms in spring! We hope you enjoy them and happy planting :)

  8. Penny Dinkins

    Bought one of these for a special spot in my landscape. It’s winter so it arrived without leafs as expected. I did the bark scratch test to prove it was alive, which it was. About 4ft tall with not much branching but I know it will grow in the spring months.

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    • Perfect Plants (store manager)

      Penny, thank you for purchasing and reviewing the Limelight Hydrangea tree. Your tree will turn out big and beautiful. Hope you love it!

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