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COTINUS 'Grace'

Image of Cotinus 'Grace'

James Burghardt

Family

Anacardiaceae

Botanical Name

COTINUS 'Grace'

Plant Common Name

Grace Smoketree, Smokebush, Smoketree

General Description

Grace smoketree, or smokebush, is a summer blooming deciduous multi-stemmed tree or shrub with multi-seasonal interest. This vigorous cultivar is a cross between Cotinus obovatus and Cotinus coggygria ‘Velvet Cloak’. Its rounded foliage is dark plum to burgundy and turns to shades of red, yellow and orange in the fall. In the summer it bears large pink clusters of frothy or smoke-like flowers.

Smoketree does best in locations with full sun and well-drained soil. Use as a feature plant, screen or in mixed borders.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 3

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21

  • Plant Type

    Tree

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    10'-12' / 3.0m - 3.7m

  • Width

    10'-15' / 3.0m - 4.6m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Pink, Light Pink, Rose

  • Fruit Color

    Pink, Light Pink, Rose, Tan

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Burgundy, Plum

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Burgundy, Plum

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow, Red, Orange, Orange Red

  • Bark Color

    Tan, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Coarse

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    Yes

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No