Royal Purple Smoke Tree - Tree Form Standard Tree
Royal Purple Smoke Tree - Tree Form Standard Leaf
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Royal Purple Smoke Tree - Tree Form Standard Tree
Royal Purple Smoke Tree - Tree Form Standard Leaf
Royal Purple Smoke Tree - Tree Form Standard Additional Product Shot 116
Royal Purple Smoke Tree - Tree Form Standard Additional Product Shot 117
Royal Purple Smoke Tree - Tree Form Standard Additional Product Shot 118
Royal Purple Smoke Tree - Tree Form Standard Additional Product Shot 997

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-8
  • Spacing: As Desired
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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Royal Purple Smoke Tree - Tree Form Standard
Cotinus coggygria 'Royal Purple'
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Call the fire marshal and make sure there's no burn ban on, because Royal Purple Smoke Tree (or Smoke Bush) will bring a blaze of color to your landscape all season long. In spring it pushes out fiery red leaves, in summer it sends up smoke signals in the form of fluffy pink flowers, and in fall the purple foliage turns the color of hot coals. Plant this fast-growing but small ornamental tree in any of the beds around your home that could use some sizzle. Just don't be surprised when the neighbors call 911!

 

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-8
  • Spacing: As Desired
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
  • Show more ›
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The Story

Smoke Tree belongs to a plant family composed of an odd mix of heroes and villains.  Its cousins include such love-’em-or-hate-’em characters as Pistachios, Cashews, Mangos, Sumac, Poison Ivy, and Poison Oak.  This species of Smoke Tree is scattered over a wide territory stretching from Southern Europe to Northern China.  Its colored inner bark was once used to concoct a yellow dye called “young fustic.”  This regal red variety came out of Lombarts Nursery in Boskoop, Holland.  It traveled across the pond and gained entrance to American gardens in 1953. 

The Details

Quite a unique specimen here! Typically grown as a shrub, this small tree formed Smokebush is covered with almost round purple foliage and decorated with puffy beige flowers giving the appearance of smoke. Plant some of these in your garden and you are sure to get some attention!

How to Grow

Dark purple foliage is the backdrop for fluffy beige flowers – looking like puffs of smoke, hence the name…Smokebush. Naturally grown as a shrub, this one is trained to look like a small tree. Purple Smokebush prefer a sunny location with well-drained soil. They are free of major pest problems as well. An annual application of fertilizer the first 3 years or so will be beneficial. Applying a medium rate fertilizer in the fall will allow the tree to absorb essential nutrients to encourage lush new growth for the following spring. Purple Smokebush require minimal pruning. If you would like to keep your Smokebush a little more “maintained” you may prune them back hard annually. This will reduce the amount of flowers produced, but it will increase the foliage color and create a fuller look.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 4
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 8
Exposure Full Sun
Avg Mature Height As Trained
Avg Mature Width As Trained
Spacing As Desired
Growth Rate Medium
Leaf Color Purple
Fall Leaf Color Red
Flower Color Pink
Flower Time Summer
Cary Award Winner No
PA Gold Medal Award No
Attractive Bark No
Attracts Birds No
Attracts Butterflies No
Attracts Hummingbirds No
Attracts Pollinators No
Deer Resistant Yes
Drought Tolerant Yes
Dry, Poor Soils Yes
Edible Fruit No
Fragrant No
Groundcover No
Hedge/Windbreak No
Native No
Salt Tolerance/Seashore Yes
Seasonal Cut Branches No
Shade Tolerance No
Showy Flowers Yes
Specimen Yes
Urban Conditions Yes
Utility Line Trees Yes
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest No
Woodland Garden No
Decor/Craft Use No

Size Guide

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Scale

Size: A

Size A

This graphic shows the approximate size and form of the Tree you are viewing.

Size A Trees:

5-6' tall tree form. Branches are removed below 42" with a developed straight trunk. Bower & Branch enjoys smokebush grown as a tree! Grown in our #7 tree container.

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Royal Purple Smoke Tree - Tree Form Standard Tree
Royal Purple Smoke Tree - Tree Form Standard Leaf
Royal Purple Smoke Tree - Tree Form Standard Additional Product Shot 116
Royal Purple Smoke Tree - Tree Form Standard Additional Product Shot 117
Royal Purple Smoke Tree - Tree Form Standard Additional Product Shot 118
Royal Purple Smoke Tree - Tree Form Standard Additional Product Shot 997