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  • Royal Purple Smoke Tree for Sale

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Royal Purple Smoke Tree

Cotinus coggygria


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-t- Root Rocket™ Fertilizer
Root Rocket™ Transplant Fertilizer

2oz. Packet

Get your new plants off to the right start by using Root Rocket™ Transplant.

This soil amendment contains 16 strains of mycorrhizal fungi, biostimulants, beneficial bacteria and Horta-Sorb® water management gel.

Simply sprinkle the product into the planting hole adjacent to the root ball when planting.

The organisms will start to work right away supplying the roots with much needed nutrition.

The specially formulated Horta-Sorb® will reduce transplant stress and aid in water retention.

1 packet per plant

Root Rocket Fertilizer
-t- Planting Mix
Royal Purple Smoke Tree Planting Mix

Helps your Royal Purple Smoke Tree get established in a fraction of the time, become more drought tolerant, and grow faster. Here's how:

Beneficial Bacteria... It's like a Probiotic for your tree... creating an explosion of fine hair roots that vastly improves nutrient and water uptake.

Coarse Organic Compost... loosens and improves all types of soils while promoting proper pH levels. You get better drainage and moisture retention.

Microbial Fertilizers... including Sea Kelp, Yucca, and 100 other elements proven to gently feed your tree without burning the roots.

Use 1 bag of Planting Mix for each plant ordered.

Soil Contents
-t- Tree Planting Kit
Tree Planting Kit
Tree Planting Kit

Getting your tree off to the right start can more than double its growth rate. Use our planting kit so your tree is ready for explosive growth.

Your planting kit includes:

  1. Tree Stake Kit to help keep your tree stable, giving roots time to grow.

  2. Breathable Tree Guard protects against gnawing mice, rabbits, deer and mowers.

  3. 2 oz of Root Rocket™ Mycorrhizal Fungi so your tree can quickly explode with new root growth.

-t- TreeGator® Jr. Watering Bag
TreeGator® Jr.

When you’re making an investment and effort in planting new trees in your landscape, you can assure their survival and growth by using TreeGator® - a truly simple and innovative drip irrigation system in a bag.

With hot summers and droughts the norm around the USA, TreeGator® is an absolute necessity to protect your new trees and shrubs.

TreeGator® is super easy to install without any tools, and it can easily be filled up with a standard garden hose or can even be connected to a rain barrel!

It's a super time saver that takes the worry out continually remembering whether you've watered your new tree or not. Plus, all the water that goes into the drip bag is used up with no waste, so TreeGator® is environmentally friendly with regard to water use.

Tree Gator

Growing Zones: 5-9
(hardy down to -10℉)

Growing Zones 5-9
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

10-15 ft.

Mature Width:

12-15 ft.



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Botanical Name:

Cotinus coggygria

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A Tree that Smokes the Competition!

Here's why you need this shrub:

  • Lovely small tree or shrub with a variety of uses
  • Gorgeous purplish red foliage
  • Incredible smoke-like, purple flowers
  • Tolerant of most soil types and periods of drought

Where there's Smoke there's Beauty

You can't help but notice the unique form and incredible color of the Royal Purple Smoke Tree. Setting itself apart in the landscape, reddish-purple leaves are accompanied by clusters of wispy flowers that emerge like purple puffs of smoke.

It's a show of color that begins in spring and lasts all summer long. The oval shaped foliage then transitions to a striking scarlet in the fall.

A slow grower that features an open crown, the Royal Purple Smoke will eventually top out at 15 feet, making it suitable for a number of planting options throughout the landscape or garden.

Easy on the Eyes and Easy to Care for

Whether you prefer to plant it as a shrub or let it grow into a colorful specimen tree, the Royal Purple Smoke combines beauty, ease of care and versatility.

Adapting well to its environment, it thrives in a variety of soil types and tolerates periods of drought. As a hedge, showy border accent or attractive autumn specimen, the Royal Purple Smoke is a great choice with unlimited design potential.

Don't wait for the smoke to clear. Order yours today.

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Customer Reviews

4.4 / 5.0
16 Reviews
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Purple Smoke Trees - the best!
These plants were big, mature, healthy and above expectation when they arrived to California after a 5 day trip in a 100 degree FedEx delivery truck. I have not succeeded in killing them yet after 2 months; new shoots and growth all the time. Live my purchases. Will buy 2 more next Spring!
September 16, 2018
4 months ago
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Great beautiful tree!
Got this tree in fantastic shape and let it sit on my shaded deck until it adapted to the hot and humid summer of north central Arkansas. Planted it to give my "shady garden" more shade and it's doing fantastic. No dead or dying anything and that is saying something with some other companies whom I've bought trees from.
August 16, 2018
4 months ago
Growing Zone:
Beautiful bush but definitely not in the tree category
I was worried when it did not come out of hibernation last year (first spring after planting). It arrived as a 4" stick in a 1 gallon container). But after some plant food and coaxing this spring it got a single bud and I was hopeful. After another dose of food, it finally sprouted and now has three branches about 2 feet tall. I'm so happy with the color that has remained almost maroon thus far.
August 6, 2018
1 year ago
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Was very pleased
They were lovely. Sadly, about a week after I planted them, a wildfire took the house and all the gardens. I’ll be sure to order them again when I rebuild.
July 29, 2018
10 months ago
Small growth.
My, small trees have never grown much bigger than when I planted them, 4 months ago. We cared for them, as stated. We are in central Florida and on just on the inside area edge of map area, for growth. They are still living, but are not fast growing. Still waiting.
July 21, 2018
8 months ago
Love the look of this tree
I bought this tree to replace a maple tree i had to cut down that got hit by lighting. it is going in my front yard with a Mimosa tree. Have it inside unlit Mother nature makes up her mind what season it is i got on Thus it was 90 F and this weekend it was snowing and 32 and Sun it got down to 19 F.
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April 15, 2018
8 months ago
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purchased four; lost one
I bought four of these last year...three are thriving, but one is punky and likely to die :'(
July 4, 2017
Love it
One, I love this nursery! My tree came in healthy so far so good I would recommend this website to anyone who is starting a garden or landscaping
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May 20, 2017
Too small plant, hardly 4-5 inches
Plants arrived in good shape, but, the plants are too too small. They are hardly 4-5 inches tall, and no leaves at all. Hope they will grow bigger. Again, I could have bought a 18-24 inches tall royal purple, and fully grown in Calloways just for $8 more. Again as Fast growing trees claim, the quality of the plant is good. I bought the one year warranty too.
April 6, 2017
frisco, TX
1 year ago
Growing Zone:
Pretty plant, no pot
The tree appears to be healthy and has good shape. Was shipped without a pot, but was not advertised as bare root. Came as a pot shaped bag of dirt. Fortunately, I was ready to plant right away so it was not an issue. Looks happy and healthy in its new sunny location. Hoping for a small show next season.
October 15, 2016
over 2 years ago
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Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Royal Purple Smoke Tree

Royal Purple Smoke Tree Planting Diretions

The Royal Purple Smoke Tree (Cotinus coggygria ‘Royal Purple’) is a stunning red-purple shrub with clusters of filaments that look like purple puffs of smoke. Left unpruned, it will grow into an irregular round shape, but can also be pruned into a tree form. It produces small, yellow-green flowers that grow in groups. These flowers will produce the purple “hairs” that you’ll see accompanying the foliage. Look for the leaves to change scarlet red in the fall! With a mature height of 10-15 feet and width of 12-15 feet, it’s an ideal plant for a smaller garden and anyone looking for a “pop” of color. Recommended for USDA zones 5-9, it can withstand temperatures down to -10 degrees and is a moderate grower at rates of 1-2 feet per year.

Location: Choose a location where your tree will receive full sunlight (at least 6 hours a day). It can tolerate some shade, but does best when getting full sunlight. It’s able to grow in a wide range of soils, but be sure the soil is well-draining and has a pH between 3.7 and 6.8 for the best results.

Planting Instructions:
1) Dig a holes for your tree that is at least three times as wide as the root ball and equal in depth.
2) Amend the soil with 2 to 3 inches of compost and work it in well with your existing soil to help with drainage.
3) Remove your tree from the container and gently loosen the roots by hand to ensure they grow in a spreading manner.
4) Place your tree in the hole and position it so that the top of the roots are even with the ground and the tree is standing upright.
5) Begin backfilling the hole with the amended soil, tamping down lightly as you go.
6) Once the hole is completely filled, give your tree a deep watering to remove any air pockets and settle the soil.
7) Apply 2 to 3 inches of mulch around the tree, ensuring that it doesn’t touch the trunk or rot and fungus may form.

Watering: Ensure the soil around your tree stays moist but not wet during the first few months while establishing. Test the soil by feeling down 2-3 inches to determine if it’s dry and needs additional water. These trees are fairly drought resistant once established and will only need water every 1-2 weeks, depending on your climate.

Fertilization: Fertilizing is not recommended for the Royal Purple Smoke Tree and can actually cause them to die prematurely.

Pests and Diseases: Remove any damaged or diseased branches immediately to help prevent a condition known as verticillium wilt. Black or tan spots on leaves can be an indication of a bacteria and can be treated with a fungicide.

Pruning: Little to no maintenance is required when growing it as a shrub. Any dead or diseased branches can be pruned in early spring before growth appears. They can be pruned to grow as a tree-form, but this should be done when planting and will require more pruning. To do this, select a main stem and prune the other branches away, keeping more growth at the top.

Planting & Care

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this? Store
Color and size were good for where I wanted to plant it
Frank B on Oct 14, 2018
This is one of may favorite plants. It will go in a specific location to complement the other plants (including another smoke tree) in my garden.
Chris B on Sep 3, 2018
Color and size were good for where I wanted to plant it
Frank B on Oct 14, 2018
For variety in landscape.
LAMAR P on Oct 4, 2018
This is one of may favorite plants. It will go in a specific location to complement the other plants (including another smoke tree) in my garden.
Chris B on Sep 3, 2018
My wife loves them! It's a birthday gift
Robert E on Jul 26, 2018
So colorful, so beautiful through growing season, hopefully hardy and drought tolerant.
cindy g on Jul 21, 2018
Small, grows slowly, color
David C on Apr 15, 2018
have a wind break of these. previous order are growing quite well. best small vigorous trees i have ordered for southwest wisconsin. thank you
michael w on Apr 6, 2018
Love the size and color of this tree.
J E on Apr 2, 2018
Color and texture and Zone5
Ellen F M on Mar 31, 2018
Color pop for privacy fence
Linda W on Mar 18, 2018
Love the color and texture neat our fountain
Al F on Mar 10, 2018
Looking for color variation for our new landscape
tina m s on Feb 5, 2018
Plant appearance
Golf Bob on Jan 22, 2018
Fast growing, perfect time to order, perfect height and width. Looking forward to order arriving.
Gerard L on Oct 23, 2017
I never knew what these trees were called -once I saw the picture I knew I had to have it---I was so excited to be able to buy one
Diana A on Mar 30, 2017
I have seen this tree and liked it !!!
Morris R on Mar 12, 2017
My mother had a smoke bush, and I have had one in every place I lived. They grow tall, bushy and gorgeous - if planted in the sun and allowed to grow free. Had one that I pruned to column shape, but didn't love it as much as the full, wild look. If fertilized, it will grow pretty fast.
Mary E B on Feb 27, 2017
Unique and beautiful
Matthew M on Feb 18, 2017
I need another small tree that stands out. The deer have eaten all the other trees I have purchased that were different. I enjoy the one smoke tree I have and decided to stop wasting my money.
Margaret R on Jan 17, 2017
I had one at my cottage in the Thousand Islands and it was beautiful
Stephen C on Nov 19, 2016
like the color
James B on Oct 20, 2016
Beautiful year round. Easy to maintain. Adds nice contrast in a mostly green landscape.
TERESA W on Oct 6, 2016
Foliage color.
Andria S on Sep 2, 2016
We have seen one of these trees in the neighborhood, and love the color and foilage.
Shaun M on Sep 1, 2016
To give interest to the landscape in color and foliage as well as being easy to care for.
Waltraud B on Aug 1, 2016
Just looks like a neat tree to have. Unusual.
Eleanor S on Jul 26, 2016
To add color to my hillside.
Shirley F on Jul 1, 2016
Saw one of them in fool bloom, had to have it!
Ruth E on Jun 15, 2016
I chose this plant to add color to a hillside.
Melanie B on Jun 14, 2016
We had one at our old home, and since we moved, I really miss it! They are beautiful!
Tina K on Jun 14, 2016
I love purple plants and I saw one of these trees and I became obsessed!!!!
Dena G on Apr 20, 2016
Because they are one-gallon trees and not bare root.
Carole A on Apr 15, 2016
For variety in landscape.
LAMAR P on Oct 4, 2018
My wife loves them! It's a birthday gift
Robert E on Jul 26, 2018
when to prune a smoke tree ?
allen g on Aug 16, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Little to no maintenance is required when growing it as a shrub. Any dead or diseased branches can be pruned in early spring before growth appears. They can be pruned to grow as a tree-form, but this should be done when planting and will require more pruning. To do this, select a main stem and prune the other branches away, keeping more growth at the top
Is this an evergreen?
kevin m on Oct 27, 2018
BEST ANSWER: No, it isn't even green. The leaves and smoke looking fluff dry up in the fall and everything returns in the spring. The first year the tree/shrub was small and the animals ate it down to less than a foot, but it returned beautiful as ever in the spring. I have one larger and nothing bothers it during the winter.
What are those fluffy things they grow?
Debbie B on Jul 7, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It's not exactly a bloom, but the tree's version of same and is what makes the tree look "smokey".
Does this smoke tree come I. different colors?
marvalene m on Jun 22, 2017
BEST ANSWER: They come in pink or purple
1. What time of year is best to plant the trees? 2. How far away from neighbors fence should you plant them?
Tracy A on Nov 10, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I planted mine in the spring and it is growing well. I don't know how far away from neighbors fence they should be planted
are smoke trees deer resistant?
nicole p on Aug 15, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I'm not sure. I think it was rabbits that started to eat ours. We fenced it last year took the fence off this year and it us large and beautiful
Does it grow well in Orlando Florida?
Carlin on Aug 6, 2018
BEST ANSWER: It's zones 5 to 9. From what the map shows it should be good from central florida on up. I live in NY so I couldn't say for sure.

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