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Smoke Bush

Cotinus coggygria 'Royal Purple'

Photo: Smoke Bush

Photo: Smoke Bush
Photo: Smoke Bush
Photo: Smoke Bush

General description

This deciduous shrub has magnificent, dark red-purple oval leaves, that turn scarlet in autumn. In July and August, it is festooned with fluffy plumes of purplish-pink flowers that look like a haze of smoke.

Plant requirements

Full Sun.  Moderately-fertile, moist, well-drained soil

Maintenance

In late winter or early spring remove any misplaced, diseased or crossing branches. Alternatively, to produce larger leaves, cut the stems back hard to within two or three buds of the base in early spring. After pruning apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure around the base of the plant.

Practical use

This is an eye-catching specimen plant for a sunny shrub or mixed border.

Properties

Height
300 - 600 cm
Color
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Soil type
Clay
Sunlight
Full sun
Partial shade
PH
Acid
Alkaline
Neutral
Moisture
Moist but well-drained
Hardiness
Hardy