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Plant Care 101: Limelight Hydrangea Tree

Blair Brown — May 30, 2019

Beauty in bloom enters the limelight with this timeless tree. Flanked by lush green leaves and artfully delicate petals, the Limelight Hydrangea makes a rich, voluminous statement. It’s no wonder landscapers love to place them in side yards, along sidewalks and beyond. And though this tree is a dwarf variety, it boasts huge blooms that absolutely enchant.

Limelight Hydrangea

What else is there to love when it comes to the Limelight Hydrangea, and how do you care for it? Check out our rundown on why we adore this sweet and sleek botanical.

One of the best parts of the Limelight Hydrangea Tree: It’s super cold hardy. How hardy? Well, it withstands temperature drops down to 30 degrees. Seriously.

Plus, it’s pretty drought tolerant, so it continues to thrive in chilly and dry conditions. But despite its amazing durability, it’s important to plant your Limelight Hydrangea in a sun-soaked area with well-drained soil. The Limelight is hassle-free but doesn’t like standing water.

Summer Alive

So, there’s a lot of reasons why this tree takes the spotlight (or limelight, I should say). It’s cold hardy, it’s drought tolerant and it’s simply stunning. And, amazingly, that’s not all. It’s perfectly pest and disease resistant, so harsh sprays and chemicals are unnecessary for its care.


All it needs is a bit of fertilizer to burst forth with blooming beauties. A slow-release, balanced fertilizer formula, like 10-10-10 or 16-16-16, is ideal. As long as you follow the application instructions on the label, you and your Limelight Hydrangea are good to go.

Clean Cuts

Last but not least: Pruning. It can be a little intimidating, but there’s no reason to fret—pruning is actually pretty simple (and pretty for your tree).Plan to prune your Limelight Hydrangea during late winter or early spring, before new growth starts.

To maintain your tree’s stately appearance, cut back any growths on the main stalk. Clip back the Limelight’s branches to about 2 to 3 sets of nodes, which are little bumps that produce the blooms that flower in the summer. Remove any damaged branches or any branches growing inward towards the tree. And it’s always a good idea to sterilize your pruning tool with some rubbing alcohol to ensure a neat, clean cut.

Good looks, great blooms, and a gleaming garden. That’s what you’ll get with the Limelight Hydrangea. And best of all, it’s super low-maintenance. Just follow our tips to help your new tree thrive, whether it’s placed in your backyard, side yard or along your sidewalk. The Limelight Hydrangea is synonymous with beauty and strength in bloom. Check out the Limelight Hydrangea for yourself!

Blair Brown

Blair is the Content Marketing Manager at FastGrowingTrees.com, and though she's not your traditional gardener, the planting world is definitely growing on her (pun intended!). She's enjoyed digging into plant care and maintenance and growing her plant collection, especially with exotic indoor varieties.

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