Smoke bush

Cotinus coggygria 'Golden Spirit'

Smoke bush - Cotinus coggygria  'Golden Spirit'

Common Name: Smoke bush
Genus: Cotinus
Species: coggygria
Cultivar: 'Golden Spirit'

Category: Shrubs and Sub-shrubs
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has interesting foliage, Has colourful autumn foliage

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 2.00 m (200 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 2.00 m (200 cm)

Foliage Type: Deciduous
Foliage Colour: Gold, Red, Yellow, OrangeFlowering Period: July to September

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained


This award-winning smoke bush has stunning golden-yellow round leaves that turn coral orange and red in autumn. In July and August a haze of fluffy smoke-like plumes of green flowers appear. This fairly new variety is an excellent specimen plant for a sunny spot. The leaves become an intense translucent gold the more sun the plant receives.

  • Garden care: In late winter or early spring remove any misplaced, diseased or crossing branches. Alternatively to produce larger leaves cut the stems back hard to within two or three buds of the base in early spring. After pruning apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure around the base of the plant.


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