American smoke bush

Cotinus obovatus

American smoke bush - Cotinus obovatus

Common Name: American smoke bush
Genus: Cotinus
Species: obovatus

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

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 10.00 m (1000 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 8.00 m (800 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Green
Foliage Colour: Bronze, Green, Purple, Red, Pink, OrangeFlowering Period: July & August

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

This beautiful plant is renowned for its spectacular foliage. When it first emerges in spring it is flushed with pinkish-bronze, before it turns green for the summer. Come the autumn, it turns breath-taking shades of orange red and purple before it drops. The big plume-like clusters of flowers that appear in summer and usually last into autumn are an added bonus. A wonderful addition to the garden, it can be grown as a large shrub or small multi-stemmed tree.

  • 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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