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Cotinus Genus

Smoke bush

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile, Chalky
  • WaterSemi-moist

Description

Cotinus genus (Smoke bush). These are deciduous shrubs and trees. There are about 3 species in this genus and they have simple oval entire leaves.

Characteristics

Deciduous or Semi-evergreens, Shrubs or Trees

Other common names

Smoke tree, Smokewood

Origin

Med to China to U.S.A

Interest and use

Grown for their foliage, flower heads and autumn colour, also can be used for flower arranging.

Cultivation

They are fully hardy and will require full sun or semi shade with fertile but not over rich soil. The purple leaved forms will need full sun to bring out the best colours.

Propagation

You can propagate the species by simple layering, softwood or greenwood cuttings in the summer or by seeds in the autumn.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Susceptible to wilt and powdery mildew.

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