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Cotinus (Smoke bush)

Cotinus (Smoke bush)
Cotinus (Smoke bush)
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Common Name: smoketree

Type: Deciduous: shrub

Family: Anacardiaceae

Native Range: Southern Europe, Asia

Zone: 5 to 8

Height: 10.00 to 15.00 feet

Spread: 10.00 to 15.00 feet

Bloom Time: May to July

Bloom Description: Yellow/Pink

Sun: Full sun

Water: Medium

Maintenance: Medium

Suggested Use:  Hedge, specimen.

Flower: Pink soft wisps.

Leaf: Colorful, Good Fall

Tolerate: Deer, Drought, Clay Soil

Cotinus 'Royal Purple' (Deciduous)

Dramatic, long lasting, pinkish purple, smoke-like airy seed clusters backed by reddish-purple foliage create a prized small tree or large accent shrub. Foliage holds color all summer, then turns scarlet in autumn. Easy to grow in average garden soils; requires excellent drainage. Prune in later winter to early spring as needed to shape.

Light Needs: Full sun to light shade (leaves are greener in shade)
Zone: USDA zones 5-9
Watering Needs: Once establish, needs only occasional watering
Average Landscape Size: Moderate grower to 15' tall 10-12' wide
Special Feature: Dramatic foliage color, deer resistant, easy care, waterwise
Blooms: Summer
Growth Habit: Round
Garden Style: Rustic
Companion Plants: Ninebark, tickseed, switch grass, black eyed-susan, and potentilla. 
Great Color Contrasts: Orange, red, gold
Great Color Partners: Purple, lavender, green
Wildlife Associations: Bees
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