• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigourous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Cotinus coggygria

Smoke tree

Smoke tree

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  • Other common names Smoke tree
    Venetian sumach

    American smoke tree
    Hungarian sumac
    Indian sumac
    Purple fringe
    Scotino
    Smoke bush
    Turkish sumac
    Tyrolean sumac
    Venus's sumach
    Wig tree
    Young fustic
    Zante wood

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  • Synonyms Rhus cotinus

  • Genus Cotinus are large deciduous shrubs or small trees with simple, obovate leaves often colouring well in autumn, and insignificant flowers borne in large, plumy panicles in summer becoming colourful in fruit

  • Family Anacardiaceae / Anacardiaceae

  • Species C. coggygria is a large, bushy, deciduous shrub to 5m, with rounded leaves turning yellow, orange and red in autumn. Large feathery inflorescences are buff at first, later greyish

  • Plant range S Europe to C China

Characteristics

  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Bushy

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Partial Shade

  • Aspect South-facing or West-facing or East-facing

  • Exposure Exposed or Sheltered

Soil

  • Chalk

    Sand

  • Chalk

    Clay

  • Chalk

    Chalk

  • Chalk

    Loam

  • MoistureWell-drained, Moist but well-drained

  • SoilSand, Clay, Chalk, Loam

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height

    4-8 metres

  • Ultimate spread

    4-8 metres

  • Time to ultimate height

    10-20 years

How to grow

Cultivation Easy to grow in most well-drained fertile soils in sun or partial shade

Propagation Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types Flower borders and beds Cut Flowers Cottage & Informal Garden

How to care

Pruning Pruning group 1. Responds well to renovative pruning

Pests Generally pest free

Diseases Generally disease free

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