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 and matures to brilliant gold and then coral, orange and red in fall. Smoke-like plumes of whitish-pink flowers add interest. The foliage will not scorch in the sun unless conditions are extremely dry. Deciduous.
- DetailPlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:DeciduousGrowth habit:RoundGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate grower to 8 ft. tall, 6 ft. wide.Foliage color:ChartreuseBlooms:SummerFlower color:PinkGarden styleMediterraneanPatent 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 InformationProvide lean to average, very well-drained soil. Water deeply at regular intervals during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency once established. Feed with a slow-release fertilizer in spring. May be pruned heavily every few years to promote new growth with larger leaves.Light Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Once established, needs only occasional watering.
- 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.