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COTINUS coggygria 'Velvet Cloak'

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Family

Anacardiaceae

Botanical Name

COTINUS coggygria 'Velvet Cloak'

Plant Common Name

Common Smokebush

General Description

Velvet cloak smokebush is a medium-sized, deciduous shrub to small tree that is native to regions from southern Europe to eastern China. This striking accent or specimen shrub has deep purplish rounded leaves that change to orange and red colors in the fall. 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 purplish-red in color. 'Velvet Cloak' retains this leaf coloration all through the summer, unlike the wild form and some other cultivars.

Velvet cloak smokebush prefers sites with moderately fertile, well-drained soil and full sun to partial shade. May be the perfect plant for a rocky poor soil area, too. It may be used in shrub borders, the background of a bed 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

    Eastern Europe, Central Asia, China

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Green

  • Fruit Color

    Red, Purple

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Purple

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Purple

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow, Red, Purple, 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