Cotinus coggygria'Golden Spirit'
Garden Plant Information

Cotinus coggygria 'Golden Spirit'

 

Cotinus coggygria 'Golden Spirit' leaf

 

Name

Cotinus coggygria 'Golden Spirit' (also called Smoke bush 'Golden Spirit')

Genus  

Cotinus

Species

coggygria

Cultivar/variety

'Golden Spirit'

General description

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.

Season of interest

Purple leaves in summer, turning red in autumn. Clusters of tiny flowers in summer give a smoke-like impression.

Key horticultural features

  1. Upright, rounded, dense foliage. H&S: 2.5m.

  2. Leaves rounded oval, smooth edged, bright golden-green. Younger foliage is tinged with red.

  3. Stems rounded, grey-brown.

  4. Flowers dense cluster of tiny white flowers give the plant the appearance of giving off puffs of smoke.

Cultural details

Aspect

Does best in full sun.

Soil

Moderately-fertile, moist, well-drained soil.

Hardiness

Hardy.

Maintenance

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.

Propagation

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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Published: 04-11-2005

Updated:   04-11-2005