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Smoke bush –
Cotinus coggygria (latin)

Areas of origin: Southern Europe to central China.
Adult Dimensions: Height up to 3 metres, width up to 3 metres (9.8').
Foliage: Deciduous.
Soil type: All. Avoid that which is very wet.
Hardiness: Hardy tolerant to -20°C.
Exposure: Full sun.

Smoke bush - Cotinus coggygria Smoke bush - Cotinus coggygria

Smoke bush - Cotinus coggygria
Characteristics and Uses:
The foliage turns red in autumn. The most interesting characteristic is the long pinkish filaments on the stems of the bloom clusters which create a striking cloudlike effect through the summer. This shrub is very popular both planted alone or within a mix of plants as it is an original feature. The sap is irritant to the skin and mucous membranes. The wood is rich in tannin.
The Cotinus coggygria goes beautifully with :
Abelia grandiflora, beautiful pale pink - white blossom throughout summer.
Beauty Bush 'Pink Cloud' (Kolwitzia amabilis 'Pink Cloud), abundant pale pink blossom in June - July, red foliage in the autumn.
Border Forsythia (Forsythia intermedia), early golden yellow blossom.
Buddleia (Buddleia Davidii), abundant and scented blossom throughout summer, highly attractive to butterflies.
Heavenly Bamboo (Nandina domestica), beautiful white blossom throughout spring and summer, followed by extremely decorative red berries.
Laurustinus (Viburnum tinus), white blossom from November through to April, followed by bluish - black berries.
Milkflower Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster lacteus), white blossom in June - July, followed by red berries in October.
Oregon Grape (Mahonia aquifolium), blossom of lemony yellow clusters in January.
Variegated Pink Weigelia (Weigelia florida 'Variegata'), abundant blossom of pink bell shaped flowers throughout summer.
Virginal Mockorange (Philadelphus x virginalis 'Virginal'), abundant white blossom in summer.
Weigelia 'Bristol Ruby', abundant blossom from May through to September, ruby red bell shaped flowers.

The Cotinus coggygria is used in the following flowering hedges :
Flowering Hedge 'Julie'
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