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Smokebush

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One of the better known shrubs for garden use, the species itself features deep green leaves with absolutely superb fall colors, flowers and inflorescences give a fuzzy, smoky appearance throughout summer, hence the name; good cultivars available

Characteristics

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

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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