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Smoke bush

Cotinus coggygria

  • 52 plantings
  • 1 for swap
  • 11 wanted
  • 2 stashed

Smoke bush is a member of the Cotinus family. Its botanical name is Cotinus coggygria.

Slow-growing, open crown, round small tree eventually reaching 12 to 15 feet tall, (occasionally 20), and 10 to 12 feet wide. Leaves emerge purple fading to dark green in the summer. Wonderful accent for a border and can be planted as a specimen tree where the black, showy multiple trunk can be displayed.1

Smoke bush grows as a deciduous and is a flowering ornamental. Being a Deciduous plant, it will shed its leaves annually.

Smoke bush normally grows to a shrubby habit with a max height of 14.85 feet (that's 4.57 metres metric).

Popular varieties of Smoke bush with home gardeners are Royal Purple, Purple, Young Lady, Golden spirit and Grace.

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Smoke bush have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Smoke bush

  • Full Sun

  • Partial Sun

Adaptable to a wide range of soils provided it is well drained.

Plant in a location that enjoys full sun / partial sun. Zone 4 to 9 are typically the USDA Hardiness Zones that are appropriate for this plant (although this can vary based on your microclimate). Smoke bush needs a loamy, clay and sandy soil with a ph of 6.1 to 7.8 (weakly acidic soil - weakly alkaline soil).

See our list of companion Plants for Smoke bush to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Smoke bush from seed

Transplanting Smoke bush

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Smoke bush Etymology

Eurasian due to it’s native habitat. Smoketree or smokebush due to it’s ‘smoke’ like appearance.

Other names for Smoke bush

Smoke tree, Smoketree, Smokebush, Eurasian smoketree, Purpureus Wig-tree

Cotinus coggygria Scop., Rhus cotinus

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