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Drought Tolerant Large Shrub

Royal Purple Smokebush, cotinus coggygria 'Royal Purple' is a xeriscape plant that forms an upright, low branched, spreading shrub.  It makes a wonderful accent as a shrub border, can be planted as a specimen, or as a patio tree.

Royal Purple Smokebush displays beautiful, velvety, dark purple foliage throughout the growing season, with panicles of smoky-purple to beige flowers blooming in mid-summer.  This gives the effect of a cloud of smoke.  

It is a tough and tolerant shrub, requiring well-drained soil; and Royal Purple Smokebush thrives in part to full sun. The leaves are greener in shade, burgundy in full sun. It tolerates considerable drought once it is established.

With minimal pruning it will naturally form a large shrub or small tree over time. If pruned to 6 to 8 inches tall in winter, it will produce long stems with striking, oversized foliage. 

* Drought Tolerant
* Unique Velvety Foliage
* Summer Flowers


Plant Facts

Family Cotinus coggygria 'Royal Purple'
Foliage Velvety Dark Purple
Mature Height 8 - 10 feet
Mature Spread 8 - 10 feet
Soil Widely Adaptable
Zones 5-8
Mature Form Upright, Spreading
Growth Rate Moderate
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Flower Color Beige
Fall Color Dark Purple

Royal Purple Smokebush.

Rating: 4.8/5 based on 5 review(s)
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Drought tolerant Review by Old Pete
This plant is tough. My neighbor forgot to water while I was gone on vacation and everything in my garden was suffering when I returned home, except the smokebush. I would recommend this plant in an area that gets short on water.
leaf color Review by Chuck
I love plants with a unique leaf color besides just green. My smokebush, having purple leaves, fits my wants perfectly. Easy to care for!
different colors Review by weekend warrior
I have two in large containers. One gets more shade & is no where near is purple as the other. I still like them but when they say the leaves are greener in shade, they really are.
Looks great around my patio Review by Purple lover
I just love the color. I was impressed with the quality of what I received. I have a friend who has the same royal purple smokebush & they have trained there's into more of a tree or topiary. Mine is more a big bush. Gets hot here in the summer (South Carolina), planted it in spring & survived a very hot summer here.
Thriving Review by Penelope
This beautiful tree has thrived since day one. It's doing fine in a container on a hot and windy Manhattan roof top. Requires zero maintenance. One of the first things to leaf out in the spring and last to lose its leaves in the winter.

One caution: don't prune except when dormant in winter, or you'll cause a burst of fresh growth right where you don't want.

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