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Commonly known as Smoke bush, Venetian sumach, Wig tree
DeciduousOval, mid-green leaves to 7cm (3in) long, turning yellow to orange and red in autumn.
Tall ShrubOr small tree. Panicles of small ovoid fruit follow the smoke-like plumes of flowers.
Hardy - very cold winterHardy in all of UK and northern Europe. Plant can possibly withstand temperatures down to -20°C (-4°F)
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Additional FeaturesPests & DiseasesSusceptible to Verticillium wilt.Place of originSouthern Europe to central China.
Flower ShapePaniclesInconspicuous flowers in filamentous panicles to 15cm (6in) long
(see photos above)
Pruning groupPruning group 1Suitable for: Deciduous and evergreen trees, and some deciduous shrubs.
Pruning: Minimal pruning required. Prune wayward or crossing branches to maintain a healthy framework.
When: When dormant in the late winter/early spring. Some in the summer/autumn to prevent bleeding of sap.
RHS group 1Pruning group 4Suitable for: Deciduous trees and shrubs that flower on current year's growth or are grown for winter stem effect.
Pruning: Hard prune to a low permanent framework.
When: Annually in early Spring.
RHS group 5, 6 & 7For larger leaves
Soil ConditionsFertile moist well-drained soil
Tree ShapeRounded to broadly spreading
COTINUS coggygria 'Royal Purple'
COTINUS coggygria 'Smokey Joe'
Buy Varieties of COTINUS coggygria
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