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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.
DeciduousTrees and shrubs
Full sunPurple-leaved varieties show best colour in full sun.
Additional FeaturesGood to knowThe 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 & DiseasesSusceptible to Verticillium wilt. Powdery mildew may affect purple-leaved varieties.Place of originMediterranean to China, southern USA.
Soil ConditionsFertile 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