Scientific Name: Cotinus coggygria
Common Name: smoke bush
Family Name: Anacardiaceae
Origin: Europe
Hardiness Zone: Zone 5: (-29 to -23 °C)
Plant Type: Shrub - deciduous
Mature Size: 3 - 5m x 4 - 5m (height x width)
Habit: Open, Spreading, Upright
Form: Round
Texture: Medium
Landscape Uses: Accent plant, Fall interest, Screening
Exposure: Full sun, Part sun/part shade
Soil or Media: Well-drained
Leaves: Simple, Alternate, Soft flexible, Glabrous, Obovate, Ovate, Entire
Flowers: Thyrse, Yellow, Jun-Jul
Fruit: Drupe, Brown, Aug-Sep
Key ID Features:
Leaves alternate, green to dark purple (cvs.), ovate to obovate, most blades 5-10cm long x 3-7cm wide, glabrous, pale on lower surface, margin entire, most petioles 2-3cm long; florets 4-5mm wide, in a panicle-like inflorescences 15-20cm long, pinkish to dark purple with smoke-like appearance in summer; drupes flattened, 2-4mm long, at the end of fluffy pedicels. Winter ID: buds ovoid, pointed, 1-2mm long; lenticels and 3 prominent bundle scars, pedicels and a few persistent fruit may be present.