3 Seasons of Color for the Accent Planting or Border
Cotinus coggyria, also known as Smoke Bush or Smoke Tree, is one of the most colorful and impressive shrubs you can grow, adding 3 seasons of interest to the border, barrier hedge, or accent planting. In the spring and fall, foliage comes on chartreuse, green, or burgundy, depending on the Smoke Bush Variety. Around early summer, feathery plumes of smoky pink blossoms rise on stems 8 to 10 inches above the bush, adding a colorful, airy note. The most impressive color show comes in fall, when the entire bush takes on brown and russet tones at the first nip of fall’s chill. And there is no need to fertilize this low-maintenance wonder—it actually prefers soil that is poor, rocky, and dry! Once established, it becomes highly tolerant of heat, humidity, and drought.