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Commonly known as Smoke bush, Smoketree
Attractive billowy, smokey plumes in late summer and a good, variable autumn colour are the attractive features of this large shrub.
Genus of 5 species of deciduous trees and shrubs from rocky habitats from the Mediterranean region to China and southern USA.
Trees and shrubs
Purple-leaved varieties show best colour in full sun.
Good to know - the smoky haze of soft flower plumes in summer give the plant its common name. Cutting stems back hard to within 2-3 buds of the base in early spring produces larger leaves.
Pests & Diseases
susceptible to Verticillium wilt. Powdery mildew may affect purple-leaved varieties.
Place of origin
Mediterranean to China, southern USA.
Fertile moist well-drained soil
Buy Varieties of COTINUS
Green leaves with attractive autumn colouring
Large green leaves which turn brilliant orange-red
Attractive yellow foliage all through the summer followed by beautiful red and orange shades in the autumn
Compact habit with red-purple leaves and panicles of fluffy pink flowers
Upright habit with blue-green leaves tinted purple-pink when young. Plumes of yellow-green flowers in late spring, early summer
Striking deep purple foliage
Fresh green foliage and large intense pink 'smoke' flowers
Outstandingly large silky flowers with a tinge of pink in summer
Large soft purplish leaves turning scarlet in autumn and large purplish flower clusters