Winecraft Black® Smokebush

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The Winecraft Black® Smokebush (Cotinus coggygria 'NCCo1') is the first-ever Smokebush that has survived the rigorous trials it takes to become a Proven Winners® ColorChoice® selection, so you know that it has to be the cream of the crop! That's just one of the many reasons to love this new introduction to the gardening world. Here are a few more:

The spring leaves emerge rich plum purple and turn to deep almost-back as the summer heats up. In early summer big fluffy panicles of the tiniest blooms appear that turn into the misty "smoke" that gives the plant its unusual name (and unusual look!). In the fall the leaves light up in an unexpected display of oranges and reds.

Unlike other Smoke Bush varieties, Winecraft Black® stays small and naturally rounded. It doesn't get huge and out-of-bounds. It is perfect for any size garden, space-saving, from big country gardens to small urban gardens and everything in between.

Planting and Application:

Perfectly sized for small properties and urban courtyards, Winecraft Black® is equally ideal for containers along your sunny patio or porch. Plant evenly spaced multiple plants in large planters to create easy screening around pools, seating areas, and barbecue pits for fiery color all growing season!

Massed together, Winecraft Black® makes a show-stopping low hedge or mass planting, especially when in full-on 'smoke' mode! Low-growing enough to be incredible foundation plantings or backdrops to other landscape beds, these fantastic accents show off as street trees, front berm specimens, and showy garden bed focal points both in their shrub form or as small trees!

  • Kaleidoscope Foliage - Purple to Black
  • Dramatic Airy Plumes Of Purple Blooms
  • Glowing Fall Colors!
  • Naturally Dwarf - Fits Any Garden
  • Unique Hedge or Foundation Planting, Specimens & Container Focal Points

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Smokebush requires full sun to have this glorious color! Tough and tolerant shrubs that tolerate drought and dry soil once it is established. Provide regular moisture for young plants until they get established. These can be late to leaf out in spring, but once they do, they will become a knock-out specimen shrub!

Apply a 3-inch layer of wood chip mulch around the plant to keep the root system cool and moist. 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 these shrubs in the early spring only. You don't have to prune it for it to keep its naturally dwarf appearance, but if you do give yours a trim, do so only in the late winter or very early spring.

  • Full Sun For The Most Color
  • Well-Drained Soil
  • Moderate Moisture Needs
  • Drought Tolerant Once Established
  • Prune In Early Spring
  • Deer Resistant & Hardy USDA 4 to 8

Even if you've never thought of using Smokebush before, the Winecraft Black® Smokebush is here to change your mind! Add this dark beauty to your landscape today with the help of Proven Winners® ColorChoice® and 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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To obtain a more accurate shipment time-frame, simply enter your zip code in the “Find Your Growing Zone” box to the right. Our plants are grown all over the country and lead time on items may be different because of this. Once your order is placed, you will also receive the specific shipment time-frame information as part of your order confirmation. Once an item ships, you will receive shipment notification and tracking numbers, so you can follow along while your plant travels to your doorstep. We use FedEx, UPS, or USPS at our discretion.

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.

From To S&H
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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Winecraft Black® Smokebush Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-8
Growing Zones 4-8
More Information
Brand Proven Winners ColorChoice
Botanical Name Cotinus coggygria 'NCCO1'
Type Deciduous
Size Dwarf
Mature Height 4 - 6 feet
Mature Spread 4 - 6 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Widely Adaptable
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Reddish-Pinkish-Purple
Foliage Deciduous Shrub
Foliage Color Purple, Black
Fall Color Orange, Red
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Early Spring
Fragrant Yes
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