Cotinus Coggygria v Purpureus
Purple Smoke Tree Bush
Cotinus Coggygria is a multiple-branching shrub native from Southern Europe across to China. It grows to 5–7 m (16–23 ft) tall with an open, spreading, irregular habit, only rarely forming a small tree.
The autumn colour can be strikingly varied, from peach and yellow to scarlet but this variant produces a striking pink purple colour.
The flowers are numerous, produced in large inflorescences 15–30 cm long, each flower 5-10 mm diameter, with five pale yellow petals, in pink to pinkish purple feathery plumes. This gives the plant a wispy 'smoke-like' appearance, hence the common name.
Fully hardy to -15°C and well under.