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Cotinus coggygria ‘Velvet Cloak' (Smoke tree, Venetian sumac)

Cotinus coggygria ‘Velvet Cloak' Photo/Illustration: Jennifer Benner


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Cotinus coggygria ‘Velvet Cloak' koe-TY-nus koe-GIG-ree-ah Common Name: Smoke tree, Venetian sumac Synonyms: Rhus cotinus Genus: Cotinus
This shrub or small tree has stunning deep purple foliage that turns orange-red in autumn. It has plume-like seed heads, which appear after the flowers and give a long-lasting, smoky haze to branch tips.
Noteworthy characteristics: Cotinus are outstanding specimens in a shrub border, and are a great choice for massing or for hedges. 
Care: Grow in moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade. They are tolerant of alkaline soils, moist, clay soils, dry, rocky soils, and drought. These plants need minimal pruning to maintain a healthy framework, or alternatively, may be coppiced to produce large, dramatic foliage on varieties with colorful foliage (this is at the expense of generous flowering).
Propagation: Sow seed in autumn, layer in spring, and take softwood cuttings in summer.
Problems: Powdery mildew, Verticillium wilt.
Height 10 ft. to 15 ft.
Spread 10 ft. to 15 ft.
Growth Pace Moderate Grower
Light Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture Adaptable
Maintenance Moderate
Tolerance Drought Tolerant
Characteristics Showy Foliage; Showy Seed Heads
Bloom Time Early Summer; Late Summer; Summer
Foliage Color Colorful/Burgundy Foliage
Flower Color Pink Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Flowering Tree, Hedge, Specimen Plant/ Focal Point
Style Cottage Garden
Seasonal Interest Spring Interest, Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Type Shrubs

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