WINECRAFT BLACK® Smokebush

Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun Height: 8-10' Width/Spread: 6-8'

Winecraft Black® cotinus starts the season with rich purple foliage, becoming deeper in color until it’s nearly black; fall then turns it brilliant orange. Early summer brings wispy red flowers that become the beautiful, hazy-violet “smoke” that give this plant its name. Rounded habit offers a more compact presentation than conventional smokebush. Add it to mixed borders or use as a dramatic hedge.


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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 'NCC01' PP#30,216, CBR#6513

Zone

4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Flower Color

Pink

Foliage Color

Purple

Height

8-10'

Width/Spread

6-8'

Exposure

Full Sun, Part Sun

Soil

Any, Dry

Season of Interest

Summer

Uses

Borders, Foundations, Hedges, Specimen

Features

Alkaline soil, Clay soil, Compact, Deer resistant, Fall interest, Foliage interest

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