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Cotinus coggygria - 'Follis Purpureis' (Smoke Bush)

Type Shrub (Multi-stemmed Plant), Deciduous, Flowering
Form Rounded Multi-Stemmed Bush
Size Large Border / Screening Plant (1.8 to 3m height)
Colours Dark pink Flowers (Summer), Purple Foliage
Care Some Maintenance Required - Tough Plant
Hardiness Frost hardy
Growth Medium Growing Plant
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Cotinus coggygria Description

Cotinus is much prized for its dark purple foliage, which gives way to yellow through red autumn colour. Clouds of tiny purple flowers are produced in Summer, giving added impact. Ideal in the mixed border or as specimen / container shrub. 4m wide x 3m


Cotinus coggygria - Cultivation Notes

Cotinus will tolerate most soil types, in fact better autumn colour is produced on poor soils - so avoid feeding / mulching. Better leaf colour is produced when planted in full sun. Pruning is not required - trim to shape spring.


Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage


Strengths of Cotinus coggygria:

  • Attractive autumn colour
  • All round tough plant suitable for problem areas
  • Ideal for fast growing screening
  • Suitable for container growing
  • Attractive form or foliage for all year interest
  • Tolerates heavy clay soils

Weaknesses of Cotinus coggygria

  • Does not tolerate very dry or very wet soils

Design & Plant Use for Cotinus coggygria:

  • Tall summer flowering shrub suitable for back of border planting
  • Ideal flowering shrub for problem clay soils

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