Cotinus coggygriaCotinus coggygria

  • BOTANICAL NAME: Cotinus coggygria
  • PRONUNCIATION: co-TINE-us co-GIG-ree-a
  • COMMON NAME: Smokebush
  • FAMILY: Anacardiaceae
  • NATIVITY: Southern Europe
  • GROWTH HABIT: Upright, loose and open, single or multi-stemmed.  When pruned can develop long straggly shoots.  Deciduous.
  • SIZE: 10 to 15' (height) by 10 - 15' (spread).
  • HARDINESS: Zone 5 - 8.
  • CULTURE: Well-drained , moist soil. Full sun. Will tolerate dry and rocky conditions
  • LANDSCAPE USE: Use in shrub border or as a specimen.  Excellent fall color.
  • FOLIAGE: Alternate, rounded leaf with a long petiole.  Bluish-green in summer arranged in a whorl around the stem.
  • BUDS: Small with a subtle halo around the base of the bud on the stem.
  • BARK: Newer stems are purple, older stems are light gray.
  • FLOWER: Showy 6-8" panicle resembles "smoke", hence the common name.
  • FRUIT: variation; fruit
  • PROPAGATION: Seeds and cuttings.
  • PESTS: Occasional canker-generally not fatal.
University of Delaware

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