Purple Smoketree Cotinus coggygria Purpureus

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Botanical Name:

Cotinus coggygria Purpureus









Common Name:

Purple Smoketree

12-15 feet
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  • Cotinus coggygria Purpureus

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Growing Info, follow in order:
Scarification: Pour boiling water over seed , let stand in water for 12 hours; or small numbers of seed , file or sand through the outer seedcoat, let stand in water for 12 hours.
Stratification: Stored seed, warm stratify for 60 to 90 days (60F), cold stratify for 150 days.
Germination: sow seed 1/8" deep , tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed.
Other: fall sowing in mulched beds is prefered to artificial stratification. if boiling water treatment does not allow seed to imbibe, sulfuric acid treatment is required with cold strat. for 150 days.
In a Nutshell:
* Cotinus coggygria, syn. Rhus cotinus (Eurasian smoketree, smoke tree, or smoke bush) is a species of flowering plant in the family Anacardiaceae, native to a large area from southern Europe, east across central Asia and the Himalayas to northern China.
* It is a multiple-branching shrub growing to 5–7 m (16–23 ft) tall with an open, spreading, irregular habit, only rarely forming a small tree. The leaves are 3-8 cm long rounded ovals, green with a waxy glaucous sheen. The autumn colour can be strikingly varied, from peach and yellow to scarlet. The flowers are numerous, produced in large inflorescences 15–30 cm (5.9–12 in) long; each flower 5-10 mm diameter, with five pale yellow petals
* It is commonly grown as an ornamental plant.
* The wood was formerly used to make the yellow dye called young fustic. more...