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COTINUS coggygria 'Purpureus'

Image of Cotinus coggygria 'Purpureus'

Mark Kane

Family

Anacardiaceae

Botanical Name

COTINUS coggygria 'Purpureus'

Plant Common Name

Common Smokebush, European Smokebush, Purple Smoketree

General Description

Purple smokebush or smoketree is a medium-sized, deciduous shrub to small tree that is native to regions from southern Europe to eastern China. The cultivar 'Purpureus' displays attractive purple foliage in spring that fades to green in summer and turns orange to red in autumn. In summer, large panicles of inconspicuous flowers appear followed by long, curled, densely-packed, hair-like fruits that look like large puffs of smoke. These are highly ornamental and are soft rosy-pink in color. Smokebush prefers sites with moderately fertile, well-drained soil and full sun to partial shade. It may be used in shrub borders or as a specimen plant.

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

    12'-25' / 3.7m - 7.6m (15)

  • Width

    6'-15' / 1.8m - 4.6m

  • Bloom Time

    Summer

  • Native To

    Southern Europe, China

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    Pink

  • Fruit Color

    Pink, Rose

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Purple

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow, Red, Orange

  • 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

    Yes

  • 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