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Winecraft Black® Smokebush

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Foliage on this outstanding dwarf variety emerges rich purple, progresses to deep near-black as summer heat comes on, then lightens up in shades of red and orange in fall; large, soft panicles of bloom in early summer has the appearance of smoke

Characteristics

Species:
coggygria
Other Species Names:
Smoketree
Average Landscape Height:
6 feet
Average Landscape Width:
6 feet
Genus:
Cotinus
Cultivar:
NCCO1
Branching:
multi-stemmed
Plant Form:
upright spreading
Canopy:
leggy
Growth Rate:
medium
Pruning:
late winter pruning
Flower Color:
pink
Flower Bicolor:
red
Flower Period:
from early to mid summer
Summer Foliage Color:
black
Fall Color:
brick red
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Light:
full sun
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Minimum Moisture:
dry
Pollution Tolerance:
high

Ornamental Features

Winecraft Black® Smokebush features airy panicles of pink flowers with red overtones at the ends of the branches from early to mid summer. It has attractive black foliage with burgundy undersides and tinges of deep purple which emerges deep purple in spring. The round leaves are highly ornamental and turn outstanding shades of brick red and orange in the fall.

Landscape Attributes

Winecraft Black® 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

Winecraft Black® Smokebush will grow to be about 6 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 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 is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

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