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COTINUS coggygria (GOLDEN SPIRIT™)

Image of Cotinus coggygria 'Ancot' (GOLDEN SPIRIT™) PP13082

James Burghardt

Family

Anacardiaceae

Botanical Name

COTINUS coggygria 'Ancot'(GOLDEN SPIRIT™) PP13082

Plant Common Name

Common Smokebush, European Smokebush, Golden Spirit™ Smokebush

General Description

The spectacular gold leaves of Golden Spirit™ smokebush age to lime green and turn shades of golden amber, crimson, purple and wine red in fall. The only downside is it produces few flowers and smoky fruits, still its foliage is a standout. It makes a fine addition to shrub borders or foundation plantings.

At its showiest, few shrubs are as pretty and effusive as the common smokebush. It does not become too large and may be multi-trunked and shrubby or single-trunked and tree-like. Originating from southern Europe to eastern China, it naturally exists along hillside forests and mountain thickets. With age, most specimens develop rounded, open crowns.

The rounded leaves of golden smokebush are attractive, distinctive and brilliant shades in fall. In summer, a few sparse panicles of inconspicuous flowers appear followed by long, curled, densely-packed, hair-like fruits. Unlike most smokebushes, these offer little ornamental value

Common smokebush prefers sites with full sun to partial shade and moderately fertile to rocky, poor well-drained soil. It is quite slow growing, and has strong limbs that resist breaking, so pruning is rarely required. Pests and disease problems are few but it may succumb to leaf spots—particularly in humid, moist weather. Occasionally, leaf rollers are a problem.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 3

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    4'-6' / 1.2m - 1.8m

  • Width

    4'-5' / 1.2m - 1.5m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer

  • Native To

    Eastern Europe, Central Asia, China

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Slow

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    Green

  • Fruit Color

    Light Pink, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Yellow, Gold

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Lime Green, Gold

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Gold, Burgundy, Crimson

  • Bark Color

    Sandy Brown, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Platy

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No