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Cotinus coggygria ~ Smoke Tree

Cotinus coggygria is a great addition to the gray garden. The red of the Smoke Tree contrasts magnificently with Artemisia and the grey Salvia's. Cotinus coggygria is hardy to 10° or less. Well drained but regularly moistened soil is preferred. Cotinus coggygria will look positively awful if it is not given enough water. The smoke-like blossoms of the Smoke Tree add a unique texture to a garden in the Spring. Cotinus coggygria is in the Sumac family. In the Fall the leaves of Cotinus coggygria turn orange.

Cotinus coggygria, Smoke Tree

Spring foliage of Cotinus coggygria the Smoke Tree. High resolution photos are part of our garden image collection.

Cotinus coggygria aspect, Smoke Tree

Flowers and foliage of Cotinus coggygria the Smoke Tree get lots of comments from garden visitors.

Other trees that reliably produce Colorful Fall Foliage in our dry climate:
Ginkgo biloba
Liquidambar Burgundy
Pistacia chinense