• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, water deeply, occasionally; more in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing; reaches 8 ft. tall, 6 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Multi-Season Interest
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:ko-TI-nus ko-gig-ri-a
    Plant type:Shrub, Shrub
    Growth habit:Round
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 8 ft. tall, 6 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Chartreuse
    Flower color:Pink
    Garden styleRustic
    Patent 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)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Easy 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:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, water deeply, occasionally; more in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    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.
    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.