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Cotinus coggygria

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Grey/Silver in Summer

Foliage

Green in Spring and Summer
Orange, Red and Yellow in Autumn

Fruit

Pale Brown in Autumn

Size

Ultimate height

4-8 metres

Ultimate spread

4-8 metres

Time to ultimate height

10-20 years


Preferred common name

smoke tree

Family

Anacardiaceae


Cotinus are large deciduous shrubs or small trees with simple, obovate leaves often colouring well in autumn, and insignificant flowers borne in large, plumy panicles in summer becoming colourful in fruit

C. coggygria is a large, bushy, deciduous shrub to 5m, with rounded leaves turning yellow, orange and red in autumn. Large feathery inflorescences are buff at first, later greyish

Other common names

  • American smoke tree
  • Hungarian sumac
  • Indian sumac
  • purple fringe
  • scotino
  • smoke bush
  • Turkish sumac
  • Tyrolean sumac
  • Venetian sumach
  • Venus's sumach
  • wig tree
  • young fustic
  • Zante wood

Synonym(s)

  • Rhus cotinus

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Exposed or Sheltered

Cultivation

Easy to grow in most well-drained fertile soils in sun or partial shade

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Sand, Clay, Chalk or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds or Cut Flowers


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 1. Responds well to renovative pruning

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free