Golden Spirit Smoke Tree
Golden Spirit Smoke Tree
Cotinus coggygria 'Ancot' Plant Patent #13,082Item #1661 USDA Hardiness Zone: 4 - 8
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Spectacular foliage emerges lime green, matures to brilliant gold in summer, then turns coral, orange and red in fall. Showy smoke-like plumes of airy, pale pink flowers provide stunning summer interest. Foliage is sun tolerant and scorch-resistant unless conditions are extremely dry. Wonderful for use as a small specimen tree. Deciduous.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Once established, water deeply, occasionally; more in extreme heat.Average Landscape Size:Moderate growing; reaches 8 ft. tall, 6 ft. wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:ko-TI-nus ko-gig-ri-aDeciduous/evergreen:DeciduousGrowth habit:RoundGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 8 ft. tall, 6 ft. wide.Foliage color:ChartreuseBlooms:SummerFlower color:PinkGarden styleRusticPatent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.Design IdeasThis outstanding three-season specimen should become a featured focal point. Use in shrub borders for late season interest. Provide unique effects against evergreens and perennials in mixed beds. A fine foundation plant to highlight important points in the architecture, entries and windows. Excellent choice for adding background interest to fountains and water gardens. Worth considering for accenting stark mid-century modern landscapes or adding depth to Craftsman home gardens.Companion PlantsJapanese Maple (Acer); Barberry (Berberis); Weigela (Weigela); Purple Smoke Tree (Cotinus); Elderberry (Sambucus)
- CareCare InformationEasy to grow in average soils; requires excellent drainage. Tolerates poor, rocky, infertile soils. Water deeply, regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency once established. Fertilize in spring. Prune heavily every few years to promote new growth with larger, more colorful foliage.Light Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Once established, water deeply, occasionally; more in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory:Newly introduced in 1999, Golden Spirit is among the best new shrubs in America today. The species is native to drier regions from Europe eastward into China. Golden leaves are coveted for high contrast foliage compositions. Cut smoke tree blossom wands have become favored by upscale florists in New York City. While species of Cotinus are native to North America, this species originated in China and Europe.Lore:In Europe, smoke trees were a dye plant for both cloth and leather tanning to create the color known as yellow fustic. Although it contains toxic sap, it was used by apothecaries as a coagulant.