Cotinus coggygria

Cotinus coggygria is native to Southern Europe all the way to Central China. It is a deciduous multistemmed shrub with different looking flowers, it can also be trained as a single-stemmed shrub or small tree. It is also known as Rhus cotinus, Common Smoketree, Smokebush, European Smoketree, Venetian Sumach, Eurasian Smoketree. It is part of the Anacardicaceae family of plants.

Cotinus coggygria
Cotinus coggygria

Cotinus coggygria grows from 12 to 15ft or 4 to 5m. It has oval, alternate leaves that are bluish-green. They turn to shades of yellow, red in autumn. The flowers appear in summer in June are plumy haired in panicles of about 8in or 20cm. The Cotinus coggygria plumy flowers remain for a long time and they change color through the seasons, they turn to smoky pink color, therefore the common name Smoke Tree, they kind of resemble puffs of smoke. Propagate by cuttings or seed.

Cotinus coggygria
Cotinus coggygria or Common Smoketree
St James's Park, London
Cotinus coggygria at St James’s Park

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