Cotinus coggygria Golden Spirit« 'Ancot' (Golden Spirit« Smoketree)
Unusual for its yellow to lime-green summer foliage, and tufts of soft, smoky gray flowers. A small but vigorous tree, it grows best in full sun and closes out the summer with fall colors of pink, red, and orange.
Cotinus coggygria var. purpurea (Purple Smoketree)
Deep purple leaves which hold color throughout the summer. Economical alternative to more expensive cultivars, these can be potted up for a popular, easy to grow promo item in the GC. The few greenish plants which emerge in our seedling benches are pulled out early, so you're assured of receiving plants with uniform, dark purple leaves.
Stunning autumn color. Its flaming fall foliage rivals that of Sugar Maple. Thrives in rocky, dry areas where other trees languish. Larger leaves than C. coggygria and much taller in stature at maturity.
Most often used as a rootstock for selected cultivars. This native American shrub can grow to 20 ft. with equal spread. Prefers moist soils, but full sun in the landscape encourages more compact growth. Trim branches just before the plant blooms to force indoor flowers.
Due to its multi-season appeal, this multi-stemmed tree, introduced from China only in 1980, is finally starting to gain followers. Covered with large clusters of white flowers in mid summer, in late summer and fall it displays great masses of pink-red seeds. Finally, the winter season highlights its shaggy bark - the color of soft beach sand. It does require shaping to highlight its normally "stemmy" form - a central leader formed early helps to make it a highly marketable tree, but it cannot be reshaped if neglected when small.
Small to medium-sized shrub with fragrant foliage, often used for naturalizing in states along the Atlantic coast from MA to SC. Famed for its use in making candles using the waxy berries during colonial times, its best present use is as an easy foundation plant, where it will tolerate compact or infertile soils.
With its tree-like form and lack of pest and disease problems, it has a secure place as a specimen tree in the landscape. Hardy and adaptable, it is best planted in full sun. Weaker branches should be thinned occasionally to highlight the strongest branches of its handsome form.