Deciduous, Shrubs, Trees
Unusual and colorful shrub-trees creating a broad, urn-shaped mass usually as wide as high. Naturally multistemmed, but can be trained to a single trunk. Common name is derived from dramatic puffs of “smoke” from fading flowers: as the tiny greenish blooms wither, they send out elongated stalks clothed in a profusion of fuzzy lavender-pink hairs.
Plants are at their best under stress in poor or rocky soil. In cultivated gardens, give them fast drainage and avoid overly wet conditions. Resistant to oak root fungus.
Native from southern Europe to central China. Typically 12–15 ft. high and wide, though it may eventually reach 25 ft. The roundish, 1 1/2–3-in. leaves are bluish green in the species, but purple-leafed types are more commonly grown.Cotinus ‘Grace’
Hybrid between Cotinus coggygria and Cotinus obovatus. Grows to 15 ft. tall and wide, with blue-green foliage shaded purple; turns orange and purple-red in fall. Large deep pink puffs.
Gray-green rosettes of many leaves are joined by fine hairs for a cobweb-covered look. Larger rosettes...
Bred by Judge Logan, a Scot transplanted to California, in the late 1800’s. Probably a hybrid of...
Trailing, thorny canes can grow 10 ft. in a season, but are commonly controlled by pruning and trellis...