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Royal Purple Smoke Tree

Royal Purple Smoke Tree
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Product Details

Growing Zones: 5-9 outdoors

(hardy down to -10℉) 
      5-9 outdoors
   Map 5-9 outdoors
Mature Height:
10-15 ft.
Mature Width:
12-15 ft.
Growth Rate:
Botanical Name:
Cotinus coggygria
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Product Description

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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cindy geers

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!


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.


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.

Barbara Benedict

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.

Linda Williams

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.

Planting & Care

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.

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