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Royal Purple Smoke Tree

Cotinus coggygria 'Royal Purple'
    25 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'
    25 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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Product Details

growing zone 5-9 Growing Zones 5-9
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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For a sophisticated addition to your landscaping, look no further than the stunning Royal Purple Smoke Tree. This distinctive tree earns its name from its deep burgundy leaves and its unusual “smoke” - dozens of wispy purple tufts sparked with tiny yellow flowers. These features make the tree truly one of a kind!

Gardeners looking for unusual colors in their gardens opt for the Royal Purple Smoke Tree because of its out-of-the-ordinary three-season color. Not only does its deep purple last through spring and summer, but it also boasts startling orange to red-purple foliage in autumn. These colors offer striking pops of vibrancy in mostly-green garden designs.

What’s more, the tree’s unusual oval-shaped foliage offers contrast to most trees in your yard. Underneath, the Smoke Tree’s leaves are green, adding brightness and whimsy on windy days.

The Royal Purple Smoke Tree can fit almost anywhere in your yard. Its medium size - only about 15 feet tall and wide at maturity - means that it can fit comfortably into small spaces. Some gardeners even trim it into a shrub, as it makes a refined addition to borders, walkways, or monochromatic plant designs.

Though the Royal Purple Smoke Tree looks fancy, it’s actually a low-maintenance beauty. All it needs to thrive are six hours of sunlight a day and well-draining soil -- if you give your tree or shrub what it needs, it will repay you with its drought tolerance and adaptability. If you grow it as a shrub, you don’t even have to prune it!

Ready for an easy-to-grow tree or shrub that adds colorful diversity to your landscaping? Order your Royal Purple Smoke Tree today!

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.

Royal Purple Smoke Tree Care

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.

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