University of Illinois Extension
University of Illinois Extension - Selecting Shrubs for Your Home
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Smokebush, Smoketree
Cotinus coggygria
Smokebush flower stalks
Size:

Small
Size: medium
Medium
Size: large
Large
Exposure/ Light Requirements:
Full Shade not required.
Full Shade
Full Sun required.
Full Sun
Partial Sun/Shade not required.
Partial Sun/Shade
Pests and Problems:

Environmental Damage

Fungal Disease


San Jose scale insect,occasional leaf spots and Verticillium wilt can occur on this species.
Hardiness Zone: 5 - 7 
Mature Height: 10-12 Feet
Mature Width: 10-12 Feet
Features: Tiny flowers held in large, loose, fuzzy clusters in early summer; fruits are small and inconspicuous, but the stalks of the fruit clusters are covered with hairs and give the plant a 'smoky' appearance; leaves are blue green (other colors available on select cultivars); autumn color is a mild yellow-orange at best.
Culture: Full sun; prefers a moist, well-drained soil, but can tolerate dryness; tolerates alkaline soil.
Cultivars:
  • 'Ancot' (Golden Spirit ™)- yellow leaves in summer, autumn color is orange and red
  • 'Nordine' - purple foliage, autumn color is yellow to orange-yellow
  • 'Royal Purple' - purple foliage, flower/fruit cluster ('smoke') is also purple; autumn color is red-purple
  • 'Velvet Cloak' - purple foliage, autumn color is red-purple
Mature Form: Upright, loose, open habit.
Native To: Southern Europe to central China
Soil Conditions:
Soil condition: DryDry
Soil condition: Moist, Well-DrainedMoist, Well-Drained
Wet
Tolerance:
Tolerance: Alkaline SoilAlkaline Soil
Tolerance: Dry SitesDry Sites
Salt
Soil Compaction
Wet Sites
Tolerance: WindWind
Uses:
Barrier
Border
Foundation
Hedge
Use for: Massing.Massing
Naturalizing
Use for: Screen.Screen
Use for: Specimen.Specimen
Foliage Color: Green
Purple
Yellow
 
Fall Foliage Color: Orange
Purple
Red
Yellow
 
Additional Notes: For cultivars with colored foliage, prune heavily to promote vigorous young stems that will produce vibrantly colored foliage.

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