Botanical Name: Cotinus coggygria 'purpurea'; Family: Anacardiaceae (cashew family)
Height: 10 - 15 feet.
Spacing: 8 - 10 feet.
Depth: Same as in nursery. Plant with stain on roots just below soil level.
Spread: 10 - 15 feet.
Sun/Shade: Full sun.
Foliage: Medium green to blue-green.
Blooms: Late Spring.
Form: Deciduous. Upright, spreading, open bush.
Flower Form: Yes
Soil Requirements: Well-drained, loamy soil.
Growth Rate: Medium growth rate. 1 - 2 feet per year.
Size: 1/8 inch.
Comments: A beautiful and highly decorative shrub where ever it is used in the landscape. The rich purple foliage does not fade in the sun and brings a wonderful color to the garden. In June - August seed heads develop into huge fluffy clouds of smoky pink (hence the name) and are prized for their delicate flower-like display. If it gets too tall or open it can be cut back to ground-level when necessary to induce compact new growth. A hardy and trouble-free shrub with multiple uses in the garden.
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