Smoke tree Cotinus coggygria ‘Velvet Cloak' Photo/Illustration: Jennifer Benner Photo/Illustration: Jennifer Benner 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Smoke tree (Cotinus coggygria ‘Velvet Cloak') koe-TY-nus koe-GIG-ree-ah 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. Overview 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 Characteristics Showy Foliage, Showy Seed Heads Bloom Time Early Summer, Late Summer, Summer Flower Color Pink Flower Foliage Color Colorful/Burgundy Foliage Uses Beds and Borders, Flowering Tree, Hedge, Specimen Plant/Focal Point Style Cottage Garden Seasonal Interest Spring Interest Tolerance Drought Tolerant Type Shrubs Related Plants to Cotinus coggygria ‘Velvet Cloak' 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Smoke tree Cotinus coggygria ‘Royal Purple’ 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Flower Carpet® Pink Supreme Rosa var. NOA168098F 'Flower Carpet® Pink Supreme' 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 'Wasagaming' rugosa rose Rosa rugosa 'Wasagaming' 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Oakleaf hydrangea Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Snow Queen’ View the discussion thread.