Cotinus coggygria 'Royal Purple'

Common Smoketree

Tips for Homeowners:

Prune lightly in early spring only if absolutely necessary. If pruning is needed to regain a framework for the shrub, cut back hard in early spring but know that this will decrease the amount of flowers.  

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A spectacular tree or shrub with colorful foliage and smoky clusters in the summer that holds up well in adverse growing conditions.

  • Good purple leaves
  • Fall color in shades of scarlet
  • Tolerates drought and poor soils

Plant singly as an accent plant in the shrub border or in large groups for hedges or screens.

Height: 10-15 ft
Spread: 15-20 ft
Zone: 4-8
Color: Yellow

Interesting Notes about Common Smoketree:

Smokebush gets its name from the showy collection of many tiny flowers and silk-like hairs that develop, giving this plant a smoke-like appearance. The leaves on 'Royal Purple' emerge purple and gradually mature to shades or red, purple and black in the summer and follow up with a fantastic mix of purple and red in the fall. The natural shape of the shrub is open and loose and makes a perfect accent when combined with plants that have a more neat and tidy plant appearance.

Characteristics & Attributes


  • Mass Planting
  • Fall Color
  • Great Foliage
  • Low Maintenance
  • Naturalizing
  • Focal Point
  • Border or Bed
  • Specimen

Foliage Color:

  • Red
  • Purple


  • Full Sun

Critter Resistance:

  • Deer Resistant


  • Upright

Season of Interest (Flowering):

  • Summer

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Summer
  • Fall

Soil Moisture:

  • Average Water