Cotinus coggygria 'Golden Spirit' (also called Smoke bush 'Golden Spirit')
Large shrub with bright green-gold leaves and sprays of tiny flowers in summer. For extra effect, plant in a sunny spot as this intensifies the gold leaf colour.
Purple leaves in summer, turning red in autumn. Clusters of tiny flowers in summer give a smoke-like impression.
Upright, rounded, dense foliage. H&S: 2.5m.
Leaves – rounded oval, smooth edged, bright golden-green. Younger foliage is tinged with red.
Stems – rounded, grey-brown.
Flowers – dense cluster of tiny white flowers give the plant the appearance of giving off puffs of smoke.
Does best in full sun.
Moderately-fertile, moist, well-drained soil.
To promote the growth of larger leaves, cut the stems back to within two or three buds of the base in early spring. Afterwards, mulch well with compost or manure.
Cuttings of half-ripe wood in summer or sow seed as soon as it is ripe – germination may be slow, taking up to 12 months.
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