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Smoke Bush

Cotinus coggygria

Also known as

Venetian Sumach, Smoke Tree, American Smoke Tree, Hungarian Sumac, Indian Sumac, Purple Fringe, Scotino, Turkish Sumac, Tyrolean Sumac, Venus's Sumach, Wig Tree, Young Fustic, Zante Wood, European Smoketree, Fustet, Common Smoketree, Sumach

Cotinus coggygria 003 by Kor!An (Андрей Корзун) (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Light watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








20 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

More images of Smoke Bush

A Cotinus coggygria bush in flower
A group of Cotinus coggygria bushes in flower
Some Cotinus coggygria with green leaves in flower
A close up of some Cotinus coggygria flowers

Smoke Bush Overview

Cotinus coggygria is well known by many common names, including Smoke Bush after its prolific, fluffy flowers. It is a large, deciduous shrub species with a bushy growth habit. It typically reaches over 5m in height, producing rounded leaves which display attractive yellow and red autumn colouration. Flowers are feathery and arranged in spherical clusters at the top of the plant, they are pink in colour, fading over time to a greyish shade.

Common problems with Smoke Bush

How to propagate Smoke Bush


Semi-hardwood cuttings.


Special features of Smoke Bush

Attractive flowers

Other uses of Smoke Bush

Grown for their divided, ash-like foliage, autumn colour and, in some species, showy fruit clusters.

Summer Flowering Shrubs

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