Cotinus Royal Purple in landscape

‘Royal Purple’


Cotinus coggygria

'Royal Purple'

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Cotinus Royal Purple in landscape
  • Colorful foliage
  • Deer resistant
  • Summer blooming

'Royal Purple' smokebush has deep wine-purple foliage that glows when backlit by the sun. Noted for holding its color better than other purple selections. Smoke-like blooms in early to mid-summer. Excellent red-purple-pink fall color.

USDA Zone 4 - 8 (-30°F/-34°C)

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Exposure Full sun

Height 8 - 10'

Width 8 - 10'

Finish Time 1 season

Type Deciduous

Bloom Time Summer

Flower Color Pink

Foliage Color Purple

Liner Sizes 2 1/4"

Soil Cotinus is not finicky about soil and can grow in any well-drained site. Tolerates dry conditions well.

Pruning Though cotinus tolerates pruning well, it typically needs little regular pruning. Cut selectively as needed. Note that Cotinus blooms on old wood, so spring pruning will remove flowers for the year. Avoid cutting into thick stems unless removing them entirely.

Uses Specimen plant; mixed borders; foundation planting; hedge.

Growing Tips May be grown as a shrub or small tree. Though its flowers contribute significant interest, many gardeners grow it solely as a foliage plant by coppicing it each spring.