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Cotinus coggygria ‘Velvet Cloak’ (Smokebush)

Smokebush 'Velvet Cloak', Smoketree 'Velvet Cloak', Eurasian Smokebush 'Velvet Cloak', Smoke Bush 'Velvet Cloak', Smoke Tree 'Velvet Cloak', Rhus Cotinus 'Velvet Cloak'

Cotinus coggygria 'Velvet Cloak', Smokebush 'Velvet Cloak', Smoketree 'Velvet Cloak', Eurasian Smokebush 'Velvet Cloak', Smoke Bush 'Velvet Cloak', Smoke Tree 'Velvet Cloak', Rhus Cotinus 'Velvet Cloak', Deciduous Shrubs, Foliage, Fall color

Cotinus coggygria ‘Velvet Cloak’ (Smokebush) is a bushy large deciduous shrub noted for its attractive foliage of rounded leaves. Emerging rich maroon-red in spring, the leaves mature to deep red-purple in summer, before turning carmine red in fall. Large, feathery, purplish-pink flower plumes cover the plant with fluffy, hazy ‘smoky’ puffs in summer. When viewed en masse, these have a wispy ‘smoke-like’ appearance, hence the common name of Smoketree or Smokebush. A spectacular accent shrub with a very long season of interest.

  • Grows with an upright and open, multiple-branching habit, up to 10-15 ft. tall (300-450 cm) and 15-20 ft. wide (450-600 cm).
  • Performs best in full sun or part shade, in average, medium, well-drained soils. Best leaf coloration is obtained in full sun. Smoketree is not fussy about soils provided they are not soggy or wet. Good drainage is essential. Poor, rocky soils are tolerated. Keep the soil evenly moist during the growing season and apply a 1-2 in. (3-5 cm) layer of mulch to help retain moisture. Drought tolerant, once established.
  • Virtually pest and disease free, however, watch for verticillium wilt. Deer tolerant.
  • Smoketree is an excellent choice as a single specimen plant, massed in shrub borders, or as an informal hedge or privacy screen.
  • Cut back hard in late winter or early spring to promote the growth of new shoots and enhance the lovely leaf coloration of purple-leaved varieties. Note that such hard pruning, while controlling the plant’s size, will be done at the expense of abundant flowering.
  • Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings

Requirements

Hardiness 5 - 9
Heat Zones 3 - 9
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Anacardiaceae
Genus Cotinus
Common names Smoke Tree, Smoke Bush
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 10' - 15'
(3m - 4.6m)
Spread 15' - 20'
(4.6m - 6.1m)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Clay Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Hedges And Screens
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow, Informal and Cottage
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Cotinus coggygria ‘Young Lady’ (Smokebush)
Cotinus obovatus (American Smoke Tree)
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Cotinus coggygria ‘Golden Spirit’ (Smokebush)
Cotinus ‘Grace’ (Smokebush)
Cotinus coggygria (Smokebush)

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 - 9
Heat Zones 3 - 9
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Anacardiaceae
Genus Cotinus
Common names Smoke Tree, Smoke Bush
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 10' - 15'
(3m - 4.6m)
Spread 15' - 20'
(4.6m - 6.1m)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Clay Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Hedges And Screens
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow, Informal and Cottage
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