Smoke bush: Cotinus coggyria

This deciduous shrub is a member of the Anarcardiaceae family and it is native to Southern Europe and Asia. It has a spreading habit and can grow up to 3 m (10 ft) high. The green leaves of this species turn brilliant orange to deep red in autumn. The leaves of the variety ‘Royal Purple’ are black-red all year round. The yellowish flowers that appear in spring are borne on 20 cm (8 in) long panicles, followed in late summer by striking, multiple fruits covered with downy hairs.

These frost-resistant plants will tolerate not only hot, dry conditions but also strong sun. They look best in a place where they are sheltered from the rain. They thrive in moderately fertile, well-drained soil. Dead shoots should be removed. Semi-ripe cuttings taken in spring and then dusted with rooting powder, root very easily. Plants can also be raised from ripe seeds, which germinate quickly. Varieties with red leaves are prone to mildew.

26. June 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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