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COTINUS coggygria 'Velvet Cloak'
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.
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
Eastern Europe, Central Asia, China
Clay, Loam, Sand
Drought Tolerant, Average Water
Spring, Summer, Fall
Yellow, Red, Purple, Orange
Sandy Brown, Gray
Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break
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