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COTINUS coggygria 'Young Lady'

Image of Cotinus coggygria 'Young Lady'

James H. Schutte

Family

Anacardiaceae

Botanical Name

COTINUS coggygria 'Young Lady'

Plant Common Name

Common Smokebush, European Smokebush, Young Lady Smokebush

General Description

Young lady smokebush is a medium-sized deciduous shrub that originates from regions in southern Europe to eastern Asia. This compact selection has a mounded habit and oval-shaped, medium green leaves that turn yellow, orange or red in the fall. In summer, it produces many large panicles of inconspicuous flowers followed by long, curled, densely-packed, hair-like fruits that look like large puffs of smoke. These are dusty purple-pink and highly ornamental.

Smokebush prefers sites with moderately fertile, well-drained soil and full sun to partial shade. Enjoy 'Young Lady' 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

    4'-6' / 1.2m - 1.8m

  • Width

    4'-6' / 1.2m - 1.8m

  • Bloom Time

    Summer

  • Native To

    Eastern Europe, Central Asia, Eastern Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Green

  • Fruit Color

    Purple, Rose

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • 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