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COTINUS coggygria 'Purpureus'
Common Smokebush, European Smokebush, Purple Smoketree
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.
9 - 3
5 - 9
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
Full Sun, Partial Sun
12'-25' / 3.7m - 7.6m (15)
6'-15' / 1.8m - 4.6m
Southern Europe, China
Clay, Loam, Sand
Yellow, Red, Orange
Sandy Brown, Gray
Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break
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