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Smokebush

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Smokebush (Cotinus coggygria) – A popular shrub for gardens, the Smokebush features deep green leaves that turn into stunning fall colors. Its flowers and inflorescences give a fuzzy, smoky appearance throughout the summer, hence the name. There are many good cultivars available for this plant.

Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
10 feet
Average Landscape Width:
10 feet
Growth Rate:
medium
Genus:
Cotinus
Species:
coggygria
Flower Color:
yellow
Flower Period:
from early to late summer
Summer Foliage Color:
dark green
Fall Color:
scarlet
Minimum Light:
full sun
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Moisture:
dry
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Plant Form:
upright spreading
Canopy:
leggy
Pruning:
late winter pruning
Pollution Tolerance:
high
Other Species Names:
Smoketree
Branching:
multi-stemmed

Ornamental Features

Smokebush features airy panicles of yellow flowers with rose stalks at the ends of the branches from early to late summer. It has dark green deciduous foliage. The round leaves turn an outstanding scarlet in the fall.

Landscape Attributes

Smokebush is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

Planting & Growing

Smokebush will grow to be about 10 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. This species is not originally from North America.

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