Smokebush ‘Royal Purple’
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‘Royal Purple’ is a compact, purple-leaved version of Smokebush. It gets its common name of smoketree (or smokebush) not from the tiny, insignificant, yellowish flowers which appear in spring, but from the billowy hairs (attached to elongated stalks on the spent flower clusters) which turn a smoky pink to purplish pink in late spring, thus covering the plant with fluffy, hazy, smoke-like puffs throughout summer. But it is the foliage that particularly distinguishes ‘Royal Purple’. Leaves emerge a rich maroon red in spring, and then gradually mature to dark purplish-red to purplish-black in summer.
Cotinus coggygria 'Royal Purple'
Easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils. Tolerates a wide range of soils except wet, poorly-drained ones. Sharp drainage is essential.
Leaves emerge maroon-red, gradually maturing to purplish-red in summer.
Insignificant yellow flowers followed by billowing, smoke-like clusters in summer.