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Cotinus coggygria

  • Common Name
    Smoke Tree, ’Royal Purple’
  • CA Native
    Non-native
  • Plant Type
    Tree
  • Size
    10’ - 15’ X 10’ - 15’
  • Flower Color
    Pink/Purple
  • Bloom Time
    • Spring
  • Leaves
    Dark Purple, Red in the Fall
  • Evergreen
    Deciduous
  • Deer Resistant
    Rarely Damaged
  • Wildlife Value
    • Bird Habitat
  • Growth Rate
    Slow
  • Hardiness
    Hardy
  • Adverse Growth Factors
    None
  • Special Features
    • Fall Color
    • Specimen
    • Unusual Shape
  • Water Use
    • Low
  • Soil pH
    5.5-6.4 (acid)
  • Exposure
    • Full Sun
    • Partial Shade
    • Shade
  • Soil Type
    Not Particular
  • Drainage
    Good Drainage
  • Description and Cultural Plant Tips

    Masses of billowy hairs on spent flowers in summer lend to a striking smoky effect, especially from a distance.

     

  • Master Gardener Comments

    Excellent color and textural contrast in a mixed shrub planting.

     

  • Varietals

    ‘Pink Champagne’ 4’ - 8’ X 6’ - 8’ has green leaves.

    ‘Purpureus’ has purple leaves that turn green and purple flowers.