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Bare Root Purple Smoketree (Cotinus coggygria var. purpurea)

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Large, summer-flowering, deciduous shrub
Description:  Multi-stemmed, upright and loose habit; long plumy hairs on flower and fruit stalks create a smoky effect; the var. purpurea is prized for its deep purple leaves and pale purple flowers and seed plumes
Habit:  Reaches 10 to 15 feet high and wide
Culture:  Prefers full sun and well-drained loam, but is adaptable to many soil types
Hardiness:  Cold hardy to USDA Zone 5
Origin  Garden origin
Attributes Drought tolerant, deer resistant, fall color

Native to middle and southern Europe from southeastern France to Turkey, the Crimea, and the Caucasus, Smoketree also occurs in a broken series of populations that stretch eastward to the Himalayan region and into eastern China.  Over this wide range Smoketree grows on dry, rocky slopes.  Thomas Jefferson referred to this species as "Venetian sumach," and planted six on the south slopes of the west lawn in 1791.  They were purchased from the William Prince Nursery on Long Island.  The var. purpureus was introduced into cultivation in 1870. zone5,zone6,zone7,zone8,zone9

This plant will ship bare root.  zone3,zone4,zone5,zone6,zone7,zone8,zone9

Bare root planting tips:

  • If you can't plant immediately, store your plant in a cool location and keep the roots moist or pot in a container with a nursery potting mix from your local garden center.
  • Before planting, let the roots soak for several hours as you prepare the site.  You'll want to dig a large enough hole so the root mass can spread out and the plant is at the same soil level as when it was growing in the nursery.
  • Once planted, water it in well and wait a month before fertilizing.  Mulching will help to maintain moisture and raise soil temperatures for faster growth.

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