Cooke's Purple™ Smokebush

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Big and bold purple foliage and flowers, there's no need to settle with a boring or plain bush when you can have one that will start conversations and turn heads with ravishing color. The Cooke's Purple™ Smokebush (Cotinus coggygria 'Cooke's Purple') is a shrub that inspires the imagination and offers wonderful color and shape for a wide range of landscaping uses! Just one look at this bold shrub, and you'll understand why so many landscape artists love the Cooke's Purple™ Smoke Tree.

Whatever you call it, Smoketree or Smoke Bush, Cooke's Purple™ is known for its purple foliage with reddish-orange or yellow veins and glowing red undersides. These ovular leaves are leathery and keep their color in the heat of summer better than other varieties of this species. These thick leaves have the astonishing habit of holding themselves straight upward which adds additional structure to this shrub's vase-shaped form.

While the Cooke's Purple™ Smoke Tree's foliage is remarkable, so are its summer blooms. Its dainty flowers puff upward and outward in plumes of smoke-like clusters. These delightful blooms are bright red with hints of pink and violet and look like they were pulled from a Dr. Seuss book. These wonderful puffs have a pleasant floral scent that will greet you when you arrive home or wake up in the morning to step out for your morning paper!

Planting and Application:

This shrub makes a fantastic specimen near your front entry or beside your property line. The deep purples and reds of the Cooke's Purple™ Smoke Tree also make it a great plant as a privacy screen along the roadside or fence line. These unique purples pair well with bright greens and yellows and meld with other purple, maroon, and blue!

Tall enough to become incredible screening hedges and grow into a fantastic 15-20 feet in height and width. These multi-stemmed shrubs are large enough to become a prominent tree form with some training and pruning! Youll create a fantastic focal point flowering tree that is doubly dramatic due to the unusual color and size combination!

Both shrub and tree-form Smoke Bushes are gorgeous front yard focal points and whimsical patio trees that cast light shade! Add to a mixed shrub border as both a shrub or tree form to create a pretty patchwork of texture and pop of color! Set your house apart from the rest with a tree-form Smoke Bush street tree!

  • Dramatic Purple Foliage
  • Large-Sized Shrub or Small Tree
  • Airy Mist-Like Flowers Persist
  • Incredible Focal Point or Specimen
  • Gorgeous Hedges, Screening & Prominent Accents

#ProPlantTips for Care:

The leaves are greener in shade, and a rich maroon red in full sun. Make the most of the stunning foliage. Select a planting location where it will receive at least 6 hours of direct sunlight. For best performance, plant your Cooke's Purple™ Smoke Tree in a well-drained area of your yard. It thrives in almost any soil type and prefers medium moisture.

These deciduous shrubs prefer good air circulation is another important consideration. Please don't plant too close to buildings, fences or walls. Allow this shrub to reach its full glory and prune, trim or train them in the early spring only. Plan for the full mature height and width for the best effect. Apply a 3-inch layer of wood chip mulch around the plant to keep the root system cool and moist. Pull the mulch back from around the woody stems by at least 6 inches.

  • Full Sun Is Best
  • Well-Drained Soil
  • Moderate Moisture Needs
  • Prune In Early Spring
  • Deer Resistant Throughout USDA 5 to 8

Richly colored purple foliage and whimsical puffs of red flowers: the Cooke's Purple™ Smoke Bush is a spectacular addition to your yard for bold color and great shape! Don't miss out on your opportunity to plant a statement piece in your landscape, buy one today at Nature Hills Nursery!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Cooke's Purple™ Smokebush Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-8
Growing Zones 5-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Cotinus coggygria 'Cooke's Purple'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 15 - 20 feet
Mature Spread 15 - 20 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Purple Maroon
Foliage Deciduous
Foliage Color Purple
Fall Color Yellow, Orange, Red, Purple
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Early Spring
Fragrant Yes