Cotinus Atropurpureus - purple smoke bush

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This one is going to be popular! It's tall and wide, but not too dense, ideal for hedging and feature planting. The leaves are a rich wine-purple - 'atropurpureus' means deep purple - changing subtly in shades through the year.

And in summer you'll see why it gets the name smoke bush, when the bush looks like it's eruptedin clouds of pale pink fairy floss. It loses its leaves in winter but that means you can plant spring bulbs at the base which will appreciate the extra light.

Cotinus coggygria, Rhus cotinus 'Atropurpureus' - smoke bush

APPEARANCE : Large open deciduous shrub with rounded dark purple-maroon leaves, fluffy pale pink flowers in summer.
USE FOR:  Screening and hedging, feature planting, or a contrast backdrop for gold and lime coloured foreground plantings. Cut foliage is prized for flower arranging.
CLIMATE : Frost hardy
PLANTING: Plant in full sun for richest colour, also thrives in part shade. Suited to most soil types, chalk, sand, loam, or clay; and temperate climates.
CARE: Mulch and water regularly until the plants is established, usually around 12 weeks. Follow with water as needed during dry periods. Prune regularly to encourage dense growth.
HEIGHT & WIDTH: 3-5 m H x 2-3 m W.
YOUR PLANTS : These are tubestock plants, healthy young plants with new roots that will establish quickly in your garden. The pot size is 80mm high and 42 mm wide.
You can see an example in the image gallery.
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