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Smoke-Bush Glossary

There are just two species of Cotinus: the American C. obovatus, and C. coggygria, native to Europe and China. Both are unfussy and rewarding to grow.

Photography by: John Dolan

1. C. coggygria ‘Daydream’

This compact green-leaved cultivar features large, long-lasting blooms.


2. C. coggygria ‘Pink Champagne’

With an upright growing habit, this variety has rosy plumes that are beautiful in arrangements.


3. C. ‘Grace’

A cross of the Eurasian and American species, this delicate shrub has three-season interest.


4. C. coggygria ‘Young Lady’

The shrubby, slow-growing cultivar can reach six feet in height. It flowers prolifically, even at a young age.


5. C. coggygria ‘Flame’

This vigorous grower can reach 25 feet in height.


6. C. coggygria ‘Golden Spirit’

Foliage is the star of this cultivar; it changes from lime green to yellow to coral.


7. C. coggygria ‘Royal Purple’

The variety has showy dark-purple leaves.