Cotinus coggygria Scop.

Smoke Tree

Shrub 3-4 m tall. Leaves elliptic to roundish, 3-9 cm long. Flower clusters open and wispy, producing a smoky appearance; late spring to early summer.

PURPUREUS GROUP A group name for plants with green or purple leaves but the flower clusters purple-haired. Some of this variation is probably due to plants grown from seed. Syn. 'Purpureus', f. purpureus (Dupuy-Jamin) Rehder.

RUBRIFOLIUS GROUP A range of clones with reddish leaves, at least at first. C. obovatus Raf., American Smokebush (Chittamwood), from SE USA is a larger plant in most features but with less attractive flower and fruit clusters.

Asia to S Europe.

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Anacardiaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 3. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 2. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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Cotinus coggygria 'Royal Purple'

Leaves dark purple with a very thin red edge when held up to the light. Raised by Messrs Kromhout of Boskoop, Holland.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Rosanae
order      Sapindales
family       Anacardiaceae
genus        Cotinus Adans.