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PURPUREUS SMOKE TREE
Cotinus coggygria 'Purpureus'
Photo Locations: The National Arboretum - Washington, DC and Arnold Arboretum - Boston, MA
Utility friendly tree.
Resistant to oak root fungus. Has young purple leaves. Branches droop but resist breakage.
Trees may be referred to as male or female.
Rhus cotinus 'Purpureus'
Additional Common Names
PURPUREUS SMOKE TREE, PURPUREUS WIG-TREE, PURPUREUS SMOKEBUSH
Compact and Erect with a Low Canopy.
Has Deciduous foliage.
Height: 12 - 15 feet.
Width: 10 - 15 feet.
Growth Rate: 12 to 24 Inches per Year.
Longevity 40 to 150 years.
Leaves Oblong, Dark Green or Purple, Red, Gold, Orange or Multicolored, Deciduous.
Flowers Showy. Lavender or Purple. Flowers in Spring or Summer. Has either male or female flowers (dioecious). Trees may be sold as male or female.
Pink Drupe, Very Small (Under 0.25 inches), fruiting in Summer.
Bark Dark Brown, Exfoliating.
Shading Capacity Rated as Dense in Leaf.
Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate out of Leaf.
Litter Issue is Dry Fruit.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones 2 - 24.
USDA Hardiness Zones 5 - 8.
Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.
Moist to Dry Soil.
Loam or Sand Texture.
Highly Acidic to Highly Alkaline Soil pH.
Salinity Tolerance is Moderate Inland.
Seaside Tolerance is Good in Mild Zone.
Pests & Disease Information
Resistant to Armillaria. Susceptible to Leaf Rollers, Leaf Spot, Canker, Scab, Verticillium and Root Rot.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Branch Strength Rated as Medium Weak
Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.
Allergy and Irritant Health Hazard.
Desirable Wildlife Plant.
Not Deer Palatable.
Special Uses & Values
Specimen, Container, Buffer Strip, Screen or Street Tree.
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Cotinus coggygria 'Purpureus' Tree Record." 1995-2018. May 22, 2018.
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