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Cotinus coggygria 'Royal Purple' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Pink in Summer

Foliage

Purple in Spring and Summer
Red in Autumn

Fruit

Purple in Autumn

Stem

Dark Purple in

Size

Ultimate height

4-8 metres

Ultimate spread

4-8 metres

Time to ultimate height

10-20 years


Preferred common name

smoke tree 'Royal Purple'

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

'Royal Purple' is a bushy large deciduous shrub to 5m, with rounded, deep purple leaves becoming redder in autumn. Large feathery, pink inflorescences in summer

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

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

Cultivation

Grow in well-drained soil in sun or partial shade

Soil

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

Propagation

Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Architectural or Low Maintenance


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 1

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Susceptible to verticillium wilt