Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest


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Plant Information

  • Plant Type: Shrub: Large
  • Scientific Name: Cotinus coggygria Play audio of plant name
  • Family: Smokebush
  • Related Cultivars:

    Cotinus coggygria 'Daydream'
    Cotinus coggygria 'Nordine'
    Cotinus coggygria 'Royal Purple'

  • Zone: 4
  • Plant Size: 8-10'
  • Bloom Time: Summer
  • Habit: Rounded
  • Culture:

    Adaptable. Tolerates dry soils. Full sun.

  • Notes:

    Tiny flowers in May are followed by striking "smoke-like" seedheads that are ornamental from June into August. Several cultivars have reddish-purple foliage. Its ultimate size must be considered when siting in the landscape as it becomes at least as wide as tall.

  • Pruning:Pruning animation

    Renewal pruning is accomplished by removing the largest, oldest stems (generally 1/4 to 1/3 of the total stems) as close to the ground as possible. This will stimulate new shoots to develop below the cuts which will fill in the plant creating a more dense and pleasing habit.

    Renewal pruning should be done when the plant is dormant, late fall to early spring.

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Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest

Bill Hoch, Associate Professor
Montana State University

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