Lime Rickey® Smooth Hydrangea

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Supreme Green Ornamental Shrub 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!

Let Nature Hills introduce you to Lime Rickey® Smooth Hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens 'SMNHALR') from Proven Winners®!

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.

#ProPlantTips 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! Proven Winners® Color Choice® Lime Rickey® Smooth Hydrangeas from Nature Hills will help your landscape really stand out, but you have to call today!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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To obtain a more accurate shipment time-frame, simply enter your zip code in the “Find Your Growing Zone” box to the right. Our plants are grown all over the country and lead time on items may be different because of this. Once your order is placed, you will also receive the specific shipment time-frame information as part of your order confirmation. Once an item ships, you will receive shipment notification and tracking numbers, so you can follow along while your plant travels to your doorstep. We use FedEx, UPS, or USPS at our discretion.

Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Lime Rickey® Smooth Hydrangea Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-8
Growing Zones 3-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Hydrangea arborescens 'SMNHALR'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 4 - 5 feet
Mature Spread 4 - 5 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
Soil Well-Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Light Green
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Yellow
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Late Winter
Fragrant Yes