Cotinus coggygria ‘Royal Purple’ – Natural form
This large low maintenance deciduous shrub is adored for its plum-purple leaves, joined in summer by wispy plumes of blush pink flower panicles. Drought tolerant when established, it enjoys well drained soil in full sun and can eventually reach 3-4m.
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Cotinus coggygria, known as the Smokebush or Eurasian Smoke Tree, is a deciduous shrub originating from Southern Europe and Asia. Its distinct fluffy inflorescences, resembling smoke, make it a favoured ornamental plant. Initially catalogued by Carl Linnaeus and named by Philip Miller, it holds historical significance for dye production from leaves and roots, offering hues for textiles. Ongoing botanical research refines its classification, yet its popularity endures in gardens worldwide due to its versatility and striking appearance.
Care & Size Guidance
Optimal growth occurs in well-draining soil and full to partial sunlight. Balancing watering is crucial; although the plant tolerates dryness, consistent watering, especially in hotter or drier spells, benefits its health. Essential pruning should be done in early spring to remove dead or diseased branches and shape the shrub. Trim selectively for shaping, eliminating crossing or inward-growing branches, and consider post-flowering pruning in early summer for a more compact growth or potential second bloom.
Mulching around the base helps retain moisture and inhibit weed growth.