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Royal Purple Smoke Tree

Cotinus coggygria 'Royal Purple'
    13 reviews
Royal Purple Smoke Tree
Royal Purple Smoke Tree
Royal Purple Smoke Tree
Royal Purple Smoke Tree
Royal Purple Smoke Tree
Royal Purple Smoke Tree
Royal Purple Smoke Tree
Royal Purple Smoke Tree
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Royal Purple Smoke Tree

Cotinus coggygria 'Royal Purple'
    13 reviews

Your Landscape will be the Talk of the Town with this one plant!

  • Breathtaking Billowy Plumes of Purple
  • Regal Purple Leaves from Spring to Fall
  • Adaptable, Low Maintenance, and Drought Tolerant
  • Superb Color Without the Work!
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If you love purple and don't like a lot of work in the garden the Royal Purple Smoke tree is the landscape shrub for you! Phenomenal plumes of purple add color, texture, and grace to your yard in summer. This dense tree-shrub is adorned with deep purple leaves from spring through fall. The smokebush is adaptable, easy to grow, and extremely drought tolerant.

Key Features:

  • Fluffy purple plumes wow everyone in summer!
  • The stunning purple foliage adds intense contrast and excitement to your landscape
  • A xeriscape recommended plant! The Purple Smoke tree is extremely drought tolerant, adaptable to any well-drained soil, and easy to grow.
  • A landscape phenom! The Royal Purple Smoke tree looks great as a single specimen or as a hedge or group planting. This shrub adds a pop of color and flare you just won't find anywhere else!

Special Note: The plumes are actually hairs from spent flowers, not the actual flowers themselves. This shrub actually produces insignificant yellow flowers that in turn produce the gorgeous purple haze that is the reason we love this shrub!

Royal Purple Smoke Tree FAQ

How To Plant A Royal Purple Smoke Tree?

Plant this tree in spot that gets good drainage and allow soil to to dry after watering. The smoke tree thrives in full sun to part shade conditions in grow zones 5-9.

When Should I Prune This Tree?

Pruning should ideally be done in early spring before the new buds grow. Late winter is also a good to to trim back or do a hard prune and cut back to the ground if desired.

What Are Good Companion Plants For Smoke Trees?

Clematis and sedum groundcover do well planted in mixed gardens, or mass plantings with this tree.

Caring for Royal Purple Smoke Tree

Smoke trees will have the best leaf color with full sun, but it can grow well with some shade. It adapts well to a variety of well-draining soils, but prefers acidic soil. Water deeply twice weekly when newly planted to help the roots grow properly. Add 2 inches of mulch to help your new plants stay moist and the roots protected. Once established Smoke trees are drought tolerant. However, this shrub will perform best when watered once weekly during dry periods. Fertilize when planting and in early spring with a balanced, slow release fertilizer to give your shrub a boost. Prune after flowering for best results.

The Smokebush is deer resistant and rarely has problems with pests or disease.

Landscape ideas

The Purple Smoke Tree offers tons of planting options. Utilize this plant as a large shrub or a small tree in the landscape.  Accent your landscape just about anywhere!  With all that color and texture smoke trees make ideal focal points in your landscape. You will love the billowy blooms and purple foliage in a hedge or group planting.  Or just add one smokebush specimen to your yard or garden for a bold pop of color and flare!

For additional options, be sure to  browse our Dwarf Tree collection.

growing zone 5-9
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Growing Zones 5-9
Shipping Restriction AZ
Soil Type Acidic, Adaptable, Well Drained
Sunlight Full, Partial
Drought Tolerance Good
Mature Height 10-15 Feet
Mature Width 10-15 Feet
Growth Rate moderate
Fall Color Purple
Bloom Color Purple

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