Cotinus coggygria ‘Royal Purple’

('Royal Purple', Smoketree)


$39.95


Hardiness Zones:

 4a  4b  5a  5b  6a  6b  7a  7b  8a  8b

Quick Overview:

?Royal Purple? is a deciduous, upright, loose-spreading, multi-stemmed shrub that typically matures over time to 10-15′ tall. As is the case with all plants of this species, it gets its common name of smoketree (or smokebush) not from the tiny, insignificant, yellowish flowers which appear in branching, terminal panicles (6-8? long) in spring, but from the billowy hairs (attached to elongated stalks on the spent flower clusters) which turn a smoky pink to purplish pink in late spring, thus covering the plant with fluffy, hazy, smoke-like puffs throughout summer. But it is the foliage that particularly distinguishes ‘Royal Purple’. Ovate to obovate leaves (to 3? long) emerge a rich maroon red in spring, and then gradually mature to dark purplish-red to purplish-black in summer. Foliage retains good color without much fading throughout the growing season.

Description

Easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun. Tolerates a wide range of soils except wet, poorly-drained ones. Prefers somewhat infertile loams, but performs well in poor, rocky soils. Sharp drainage is essential. Plants have shallow fibrous root systems. If bloom is desired, prune very lightly in early spring only as needed. If bloom is not a concern, stems may be cut back hard in early spring to a framework to induce growth of vigorous new shoots with larger than normal leaves.

Additional information

Common Name

'Royal Purple', Smoketree

Botanical Name

Cotinus coggygria 'Royal Purple'

Container/Amount

3 gallon

Evergreen or Deciduous

Deciduous

Hardiness Zone

4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b

Growth Rate

Average

Light Requirements

Sun

Height

15 ft.

Width

20 ft.

Soil Condition

Well-drained

Water Needs

Average

Blooming Period

Summer

Flower Color

pink/purplish pink

Fragrance

No

Foliage Color

maroon red

Deer Resistant

Yes

Fall Color

Purple/red

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