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Royal Purple Smoke Tree

Cotinus coggygria 'Royal Purple'

Dramatic, long-lasting, pinkish purple, smoke-like airy seed clusters backed by reddish purple foliage create a prized small tree or large accent shrub. Foliage holds its color all summer, then turns scarlet red in autumn. Deciduous.
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Full sun

Once established water deeply occasionally.

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Botanical Pronunciationkoh-TY-nus kog-GY-gree-uh
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing; reaches 15 ft. tall, 10 to 12 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeSummer
Design IdeasDark foliage, smoky blooms, and warm fall colors make this an excellent addition to the garden. Plant it with other shrubs to accentuate its colors or use it as an informal specimen.
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower AttributeFlowers for Cutting, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorPurple
Foliage ColorPurple
Garden StyleRustic
Growth HabitRounded
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Hedge
Light NeedsFull sun
Special FeatureDramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Fall Color, Waterwise
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established water deeply occasionally.
Companion PlantsNinebark (Ninebark); Tickseed (Coreopsis); Switch Grass (Panicum); Black-Eyed-Susan (Rudbeckia); Potentilla (Potentilla)

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.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-8

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