Hydrangea paniculata 'Jane'
Tradename: LITTLE LIME HYDRANGEA™
Pronounced: hi-DRANG-gee-a pah-nik-yew-LAY-tah
Sunset zones: A2, A3, 1-21.
USDA zones: 3-10.
Heat zones: 8-1.
Height: 3-5 feet (1-1.7m).
Width: 3-5 feet (1-1.7m).
Summer into fall.
Large panicles of small, fertile, white flowers are mostly hidden by the abundance of the larger, green sterile flowers that eventually turn pink in late summer, when the flowers dry on the shrub. Soil pH does not affect the flower color.
Mid to dark green, ovate, pointed, toothed, 3-6 inch long leaves.
Filtered to full sun.
Moist, well-drained, humus rich soil.
Side dress shrub with complete organic fertilizer in spring and again in early summer. Apply compost or mulch annually.
Root softwood cuttings in early summer.
Root hardwood cuttings in winter.
Prune in late winter or early spring. Hydrangeas take well to pruning, even though they don't necessarily need to be pruned. Remove dead flowers in fall, if you need a tidier look.
Pests and Diseases:
No serious problems; however, they are susceptible to bud blight, bacterial wilt, leaf spot, rust, and powdery mildew. Aphids and mites may be a problem.
Rainy Side Notes
Hydrangea paniculata 'Jane' is a choice shrub, especially if you don't have a lot of room for a larger version of the Hydrangea paniculatas that can reach gigantic shrub proportions — up to 15 by 15 feet. This is a dwarf version of H. ‘Limelight’ that was introduced in the last decade.
This hydrangea is perfect for growing in containers. The sturdy stems, unlike many other hydrangeas, means the flowers don't flop.
Plant the shrub in a space large enough so you won't have to prune it. A 5 x 5 feet area is all you need for this smaller hydrangea. The mounded shape makes it perfect as a specimen plant, but is also strikingly elegant as a loose hedge. Drought tolerant once established, if you are cutting your landscape watering down to bare minimums because of drought, this plant is a good selection.
Photographed in author's garden.