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Cotinus 'Flame' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Pink in Summer

Foliage

Green in Spring and Summer
Orange and Red in Autumn

Fruit

Pink in Autumn

Size

Ultimate height

4-8 metres

Ultimate spread

2.5-4 metres

Time to ultimate height

10-20 years


Preferred common name

smokewood 'Flame'

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

'Flame' is a large deciduous shrub to 6m, with rounded leaves to 12cm in length, turning bright orange and red in autumn. Large feathery pink inflorescences

Synonym(s)

  • Cotinus coggygria 'Flame'

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