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Cotinus coggygria Purpureus (Purple Smoketree) Sheffield`s Seed Co., Inc.
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Cotinus coggygria


Purple Smoketree

In Stock: 8.037 lb (Total:8.037lb)
  • Cotinus coggygria Purpureus

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8.04 lb
Cotinus coggygria Purpureus


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Growing Info

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: if boiling water treatment does not allow seed to imbibe, sulfuric acid treatment is required with cold strat. for 150 days.| fall sowing in mulched beds is prefered to artificial stratification 

Introducing the 'Purpureus' Purple Smoketree, a stunning addition to any garden or landscape. Native to southern Europe, central Asia, and the Himalayas, this multiple-branching shrub can reach a height of 5-7 meters and has an irregular yet spreading habit. The leaves are rounded ovals with a waxy glaucous sheen, initially emerging purple and fading to dark green in the summer.

In spring and early summer, large panicles of wispy dark pink flowers create the illusion of a cloud of smoke, giving this Smoketree its unique name. As the flowering season progresses, the flowers elongate into feathery plumes in shades of yellowish-pink to pinkish-purple. These plumes give the tree its smoky appearance and add a touch of elegance to any garden.

Not only is the 'Purpureus' Smoketree visually striking, but it also offers versatility in landscaping. It can be planted as a specimen tree or used to create a beautiful accent in a shrub border. The multiple trunks of the tree make it an excellent choice for displaying on a patio.

One of the standout features of this tree is its stunning autumn colors. The leaves can vary from peach and yellow to scarlet, creating a vibrant display of hues. In addition to its striking appearance, the 'Purpureus' Smoketree is also commonly grown as an ornamental plant due to its adaptability and low maintenance requirements.

Aside from its ornamental value, this smoketree also has historical uses. The wood was once used to make a yellow dye called young fustic, and an essential oil with a mango-like scent is obtained from the leaves and flowers. The leaves and bark of the tree are also a good source of tannins.

To plant the 'Purpureus' Smoketree is to bring beauty, elegance, and a touch of whimsy to your garden. With its unique smoky appearance, stunning autumn colors, and adaptability to various landscaping needs, this tree is a perfect choice for those seeking to create a focal point in their outdoor space. Don't miss out on the opportunity to enjoy the vivid fall colors and wispy clouds of flowers that this remarkable tree has to offer.

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