Cotinus coggygria


USPP 30,216; CBRAF

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  • Colorful foliage
  • Semi-dwarf habit
  • Deer resistant

Compact dark-leaf cotinus!

The first-ever Proven Winners® smokebush would have to be special - and indeed, it is. Winecraft Black® cotinus starts the season with rich purple foliage, becoming deeper in color until it's nearly black; fall then turns it brilliant orange. Early summer brings wispy red flowers that become the beautiful, hazy-violet "smoke" that give this plant its name. Rounded habit offers a more compact presentation than conventional smokebush. Great color even under poly helps ensure spring sales!

USDA Zone 4 - 8 (-30°F/-34°C)

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Exposure Full sun

Height 4 - 6'

Width 4 - 6'

Finish Time 1 season

Type Deciduous

Bloom Time Summer

Flower Color Purple

Foliage Color Purple

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 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.