Lime Rickey Smooth Hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens ‘SMNHALR’)

Lime Rickey Smooth Hydrangea

  • Large Clusters of Lime Green Blooms!
  • Matures to Bright Jade-Green
  • Wide Disc-Shaped Flowers
  • Ornamental Dark-Green Foliage
  • Strong Sturdy Stems Won’t Flop
  • Easy Care & Low Maintenance
  • Good Sized Hedge or Specimen
  • Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Pollinators Galore!
  • Rounded Globe Shape!
  • Deer Avoid This Native Shrub
  • Extreme Cold Hardiness
  • Wonderful Fresh & Dried Cut Flower
  • Winter Interest

Something different always stands out – in a good way! The unique specimen, a one in a million, something no one in the neighborhood has yet; something cool and unexpected! This is never a bad thing and always highly sought-after in today’s gardenscapes!

It’s never a dull moment in the Color Choice® line of Hydrangea and Lime Rickey® is no exception. Cucumber cool, lime-green flowers are held aloft in flat, disc-like bloom clusters. Smothering the deep-green foliage non-stop all summer into autumn!

Each tiny blossom boasts a pink pollen cluster in the centers for an adorable accent! Starting light lime-green and then ages to a fantastic jade-green, before autumn turns them tan and they become winter interest!

Sturdy stems like no other, Lime Rickey® can withstand heavy downpours. Compact growth of Smooth Hydrangea, with large lightly-toothed foliage, adds texture and lush background color to your beds, borders and hedges.

Very cold hardy, this deciduous shrub does just as well in warmer climates. Great sized to work as a windbreak, privacy or shelterbelt, Lime Rickey® is a hardy native shrub that won’t fall short.

Four-season interest, hardiness and low-maintenance, you’ll easily set your landscape apart from everyone else on the block!

How to Use Lime Rickey® Smooth Hydrangea In The Landscape

Pollinators flock to these shrubs all summer without fail. Intersperse Lime Rickey® throughout your mix-shrub borders, or line them as backdrops for your perennial beds. A verdant row highlights your smaller shrubs and Roses!

Such fantastic hedges and screening that the neighbors you’re trying to hide won’t mind a row of these separating your properties either!

Unexpected foundation plants, landscape anchors, Lime Rickey® is perfectly sized to soften corners of sheds and garages or to give garden beds some pizzazz!

The unusual coloration is an amazing specimen and accent plant on its own. The verdant hue mingles with all other plant colors and textures wonderfully.

Reliable blooms every year, the sturdy stems of hardy Smooth Hydrangea make excellent cut flowers. Plant a few extra so your tablescapes can enjoy armloads of blooms for bouquets and floral arrangements, fresh or dried!

Add privacy and wind-screening around your patio and seating areas without any maintenance from yourself. These hardy natives require so little from you while giving back so much!

Formal and informal garden styles all welcome this intriguing plant, as will your wildlife that can take shelter in the dense branches.

Tips For Care

Hardy in growing zones 3 through 8, this is a tough US native species and very easy care!

Smooth Hydrangea thrives in full sun in cooler climates and can also tolerate part shade. Warmer growing zones will see their Lime Rickey® prosper when provided some afternoon shade from the summer sun.

Lime Rickey® Hydrangea does require consistently, average moisture, especially in the heat. Be sure to water well during the crucial establishment period and during summer’s worst months to keep your blossoms looking their best. Hydrangea cannot dry out for long spells.

Not particular on soil type, Hydrangea grows in about medium that drains well. A generous layer of mulch helps retain soil moisture as well as insulate the root system from heat and chill.

Prune only in late winter or early spring, before new growth begins to emerge, this way you won’t miss out on a single lime-green blossom! Cut each of the stems down to about a foot each year to help maintain a woody base where the new growth develops from. Deer rarely damage these plants, so there is no worry about any helpers doing some of their own pruning.

For unique color on traditional blooming shrubs, your landscape will get the designer’s touch with this highly sought-after green hue!

Lime Rickey Smooth Hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens ‘SMNHALR’) Details

Common name Lime Rickey Smooth Hydrangea
Botanical name Hydrangea arborescens 'SMNHALR'
Plant type Deciduous
Hardiness zone 3-8
Growth rate Medium
Height 4 - 5 ft.
Width 4 - 5 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun, Partial Shade
Moisture Medium
Soil condition Well-Drained
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Pruning time Late Winter
Flower color Light Green