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How coppicing a Cotinus made it soar and swoop

  • How coppicing a Cotinus made it soar and swoop
  • How coppicing a Cotinus made it soar and swoop
  • How coppicing a Cotinus made it soar and swoop

Maybe others know this, but it was new to me and I'm rather dazzled by it. I have a Cotinus in a border which got too big. Last year, following a tip by Rachel the Gardener How to improve a border with cunning coppicing I coppiced it at about knee height so it wouldn't overcrowd the boarder.

Rachel's Cotinus were thence very well behaved! Mine on the other hand has done the opposite. It's grown 4 or 5 new swooping branches with bigger leaves that have brought a whole new dynamic to the garden. I have tried to capture this in the photos. What's so fun is that they twist one way and then another in great graceful curves ... and swoop close to the ground then swing up again.

I thought my plant was C. coggygria 'Royal Purple'. But Rachel (below) put me straight - it's C. 'Grace', which suits it well.

Just imagine a line of these, generously spaced, either side of a path or drive. They would be amazing.

Once they've done their autumn colour I'll coppice them again. If like me you like a bit of 'energy' in the garden I can highly recommend this Cotinus.

Comments (5)

  1. Grower

    Rachel the Gardener

    Wow, that's lovely! And how nice, to see a link to one of my previous posts!

    I rather think that your cultivar is "Grace", though, Jeremy, in which case it will probably always be a little bit on the lanky side.

    But the colour is fabulous!

  2. Grower

    Jeremy Wright

    I thank you're right Rachel. Grace by name and grace by nature. Just found I'm not the first to admire what it can do after a hard prune

  3. Grower

    Reuben White

    When you coppice the response can be a surge of new growth quite naturally......Cotinus responds very well to this renovation type of pruning as you have found out...following this an annual prune to the size and shape one acquires so as to maintain shape and form both to the subject and your garden on the whole I find that Cotinus ramify well and respond to an annual or twice annual formative pruning session...enjoy

  4. Grower

    Angie's Garden

    Mine's is doing the exact same Jeremy and has done for the past 2 years. I cut it back hard each spring because it really is too big for where I want it to grow. It scrambles and migles through a rose, rudbeckia and makes a great foil for them.
    I have been putting it's behavior down to not getting enough sun but since it grows with other sun lovers and none of those grow at odd angles towards the light I never was convinced!

    • How coppicing a Cotinus made it soar and swoop
    • How coppicing a Cotinus made it soar and swoop
  5. Grower

    Jeremy Wright

    So it is - just the same. Should have been call C. 'Amazing Grace'.

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