Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest

Royal Purple Smokebush

{Picture of Royal Purple Smokebush}

Plant Information

  • Scientific Name: Cotinus coggygria 'Royal Purple' Play audio of plant name
  • Family: Smokebush
  • Parent: Cotinus coggygria
  • Related Cultivars:

    Cotinus coggygria 'Daydream'
    Cotinus coggygria 'Nordine'

  • Zone: 5
  • Plant Size: 8-10'
  • Habit: Rounded
  • Culture:

    Adaptable. Tolerates dry soils. Full sun.

  • Notes:

    Maroon new growth matures to a deep purple which is retained throughout summer. May suffer dieback in severe winters.

  • 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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