Cotinus coggygria, commonly known as smoketree, is an upright, loose-spreading, multi-stemmed, deciduous shrub that is native from southern Europe to central China. It typically matures over time to 10-15’ tall and as wide. It gets its common name of smoketree (or smokebush) not from the tiny, insignificant, yellowish flowers which appear in branching, terminal panicles (to 6-8” long) in spring, but from the billowy hairs (attached to elongated stalks on the spent flower clusters) which turn a smokey pink to purplish pink in summer, thus covering the tree with fluffy, hazy, smoke-like puffs throughout summer. Bluish green leaves (to 3” long) are ovate to obovate. Fall color is highly variable, but at its best produces attractive shades of yellow, orange, and purplish-red.
Height (mature): 8-15 ft.
Width (mature): 8-15 ft.
Bloom Time: May to July
Foliage Colors: Green
Sun: Full sun to partial shade
Special: Deer and drought resistant
Smokebush (Cotinus Coggygria) 'Golden Spirit'
Delivery and plantings are currently available in Somerset, Morris, Hunterdon and Mercer counties.