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Plant Profile: Smoke bush ‘Flame’ (Cotinus coggygria ‘Flame’)

cotinus coryggria FlameThe clouds of pink flowers appear after the flowers of most spring blooming trees and shrubs and before the summer blooming ones, like crepe myrtle, begin. The simple, blue gray foliage is attractive all summer but is eye catching in the autumn when it turns bright orange-red. This attractive tree is tough and can be grown in parking lots as well as garden beds and containers. Once established it is drought tolerant and can be used in dry rocky soils without irrigation.

Type: Deciduous shrub/small tree.

Outstanding Feature: Orange-red autumn foliage.

Form: Round, symmetrical.

Growth Rate: Slow.

Bloom: Large panicles of small flowers in spring and early summer produce of cloud of purplish pink.

Size: 10-15′ h x 10-12′ W.

Light: Full sun.

Soil: Prefers well drained loam but tolerates clay, sand, acid and alkaline soils.

Hardiness: Zones 5b-8.

Pests and Diseases: Susceptible to Verticillium wilt ; no pests of important.

Propagation: Softwood cuttings in spring; layering.

Comments: Life span is about 20 years.

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