THE VELVET FOG® Smokebush

Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun Height: 5-8' Width/Spread: 6'

Not all smokebushes are created equal, as evidenced by the fabulous The Velvet Fog smokebush. Each early summer, it creates dozens of billowy blossoms that mature into those characteristic smoke-like puffs over the following weeks. Their vivid pink color contrasts delightfully with the waxy, blue-green foliage. Another feature that sets The Velvet Fog smokebush apart is its dense, lush habit – it naturally grows as a neat oval. It makes a stunning specimen or unexpected hedge option, and even plays nicely in perennial and flower gardens.

Fun fact: The “smoke” that gives smokebush its name is not actually the flowers – it’s the seed heads. The flowers themselves are actually quite small and not all that showy, but as they age and develop into seeds, they take on that fascinating smoke-like puff.

Why grow The Velvet Fog smokebush:

  • Sets more flowers than conventional smokebush
  • Brighter and better pink smoke color
  • Lush, dense habit is not awkward like older smokebushes

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Light: Full sun (6+ hrs/day) to part sun (4-6 hrs/day)

Soil: Any average, well-drained soil will do.

Water: Average water needs; drought tolerant once established.

Fertilizing: Little needed; one application of a granular (not liquid) rose fertilizer in early spring is sufficient, though you may fertilize monthly from early spring through late July if desired.

Pruning: Generally speaking, you should avoid regular pruning of smokebush. You can prune selectively to develop the desired habit and shape in late winter/early spring; however, avoid cutting the plant back each year. This not only encourages a funky, unruly branching, but because smokebush Blooms on old wood, it also removes developing flower buds for later that summer.

Botanical Name

Cotinus coggygria 'SMNCCPP3' PP#32,352, CBRAF

Zone

4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Flower Color

Pink

Foliage Color

Blue-green

Height

5-8'

Width/Spread

6'

Exposure

Full Sun, Part Sun

Soil

Average, Dry, Well-draining

Season of Interest

Summer

Uses

Borders, Foundations, Low Hedges, Specimen

Features

Alkaline soil, Clay soil, Cut flower, Deer resistant, Fall interest

Blooms on

Old wood

Breeder

Tim Wood

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