Cotinus 'Grace' - autumn colour beginning Cotinus ‘Grace’                       Family: Anacardiaceae
(koe-TY-nus) 

Common name: smoke bush; smoke tree; smokewood
Zone: 4 – 8
Height: 10-15 ft (3-4.5m)  Spread: 10-15 ft (3-4.5m)
Aspect: full sun; partial shade
Soil: moderately fertile; well-draining
Water: moderate

Description: Deciduous shrub with a pleasing, multi-branched, natural-forming shape. Boasts lovely round leaves that emerge light red in spring, darkening to a reddish-purple in summer before turning a brilliant orange-red in autumn. Large, open panicles of frothy pink flowers appear in early summer.

Special Notes: A cross between Cotinus coggygria ‘Velvet Cloak’ (a seedling discovered in a nursery in the US) and Cotinus obovulatus (native to SE United States). Pleasing, natural growth form requires little pruning and then only to keep paths clear or make room for its neighbour. Deer resistant. Tends to be susceptible to verticillium wilt and powdery mildew. Allow airflow to minimize. Propagation is difficult.

 

Great Plant Pick 2003

 

Posted on November 6, 2014