£8.99  Cotinus coggygria 'Royal Purple' - 2Ltr    


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Cotinus coggygria 'Royal Purple' - 2Ltr
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Plant Details

Soil Type: Fertile/moist/well-drained
Soil PH: Alkaline Acid
Seasonal Interest: Summer, Autumn
Evergreen?: No
Hardiness  Fully hardy - requires no frost protection.
(Smoke bush)
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Family Anacardiaceae
Originating from Southern Europe to China

A bushy and shapely deciduous shrub or small tree clothed in dark burgundy leaves with glimmering ruby tints. This is especially evident in plants that are backlit by evening sun, similar in effect to holding a crystal glass of claret to the light. It's worth taking the time to place 'Royal Purple' carefully for this reason.
Panicles of, pink/purple flowers appear in late summer and are produced in such abundance that the tree becomes totally enveloped in a frothy floral haze, earning it its common name, 'Smoke bush'. The shape of the leaves of this dramatic plant are oval and quite small, about 6cm and pollarding (cutting branches back to two or three buds) will produce a luxuriant mass of larger leaves at the expense of flowers, as will a very rich soil. In autumn, they develop a pink outer margin before the whole leaf turns brilliant flame orange/red. Plants benefit from pruning after flowering to prevent them from becoming leggy.
Grow in moderately fertile, moist but well drained soil in sun or part shade.
Can be pruned to restrict growth.

Eventual mature plant size :
Height 5m

Spread 5m
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