Cotinus coggygria


USPP 32,352; CBRAF

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  • Very floriferous
  • Lush habit
  • Deer resistant

In the words of breeder Tim Wood - "It's got more smoke than a KISS concert!" Very large pink plumes develop in mid-summer, covering the waxy blue-green foliage. It's a stunning color combination. The Velvet Fog smokebush was selected for its outstanding flower production as well as its dense growth, providing a lusher look than conventional cotinus. 

USDA Zone 4 - 8 (-30°F/-34.4°C)

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Exposure Full sun, Part sun

Height 5 - 8'

Width 6'

Finish Time 1 season

Type Deciduous

Bloom Time Summer

Flower Color Pink

Foliage Color Green, Blue

Liner Sizes 2 1/4", 4", Quick Turn

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 entir

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.