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Plant Guide

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.

 

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