Cotinus coggygria Royal Purple AGM
Smoke Bush

Cotinus coggygria Royal Purple AGM



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Better known as the Purple Smoke Bush, Cotinus Royal Purple is a large deciduous shrub producing smoke-like plumes of wispy pink flower heads in summer, above attractive purple oval foliage, which darkens to deep purple and then vibrant tones of scarlet red in the autumn.


This is an extremely tough and robust plant, succeeding in all reasonable aspects. A tall plant with three-season interest, it is ideal for the back of a border. Interestingly, cotinus comes from the Greek for wild olive (kotinus). A recipient of the RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit), for all round excellence in the garden.

  • Flowers: June to July
  • Hardy
  • All soil types
  • South, West or East facing
  • Full sun or partial sunlight
  • Cotinus coggygria are easy shrubs to look after. Royal Purple can become tall and woody, so prune back severely to induce dense growth.
  • Add a generous helping of well-rotted manure or leaf mould after pruning.