Hydrangea - Smooth

Hydrangea arborescens


USPP 28858; CBR 5627

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  • Extremely strong stems
  • Native to North America
  • Very durable

Huge lime-green blooms every year! Hot summer weather calls for refreshing Lime Rickey® hydrangea! Cool, lime-green flowers appear each summer, even after harsh winters. The large, full mophead flowers are held on powerfully strong stems that are unphased by even serious summer rainfall. Each is comprised of hundreds of marbeled green florets and dotted with pink pollen in the center. Makes a great cut flower, fresh or dried, and attracts pollinators by the score.

USDA Zone 3 - 8 (-40°F/-40°C)

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Exposure Full sun, Part sun

Height 4 - 5'

Width 4 - 5'

Finish Time 1 season

Type Deciduous

Bloom Time Summer

Flower Color Green

Foliage Color Green

Liner Sizes 2 1/4", 4", Quick Turn

Soil Grows well in most soils; avoid wet and poorly drained sites. Mulch is recommended in the landscape.

Pruning Blooms on new wood - cut back by about one-third its total height in early spring, just as the new growth begins to emerge on the stems. Smooth hydrangeas may be cut back harder, however, this prevents woody cells from developing, prohibiting the plant from achieving its maximum stem strength.

Uses Versatile and showy, smooth hydrangeas offer dozens of landscape applications: foundation plantings, perennial gardens, hedges, cut flower gardens, naturalizing, pollinator and wildlife gardens.

Growing Tips We recommend full sun for smooth hydrangeas in the cooler end of its hardiness range; afternoon shade is a good idea in warmer climates, however. The flower color of smooth hydrangeas is not influenced by soil chemistry. Makes an excellent cut flower, both cut and dried.