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The Velvet Fog® Smokebush Cotinus coggygria

Exposure
  • Part Sun to Sun
  • Sun

The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).

Flower Season
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
Mature Size
8' 6'
Height
5' - 8'
Spread
6'
  • Details

    Features

     

    Smokin' hot!

    The Velvet Fog smokebush is the most floriferous we have ever seen.That means you get more of what this perennially popular flowering shrub does best: big, showy, smoky seedheads in summer. The red-pink plumes make a really nice, appealing contrast with the blue-green foliage. Fantastic planted as a specimen or hedge, thanks to its lush, full branching and form.

    Available at better garden centers in spring 2021.

    Top reasons to grow The Velvet Fog smokebush:

    - More flowers than conventional smokebush

    - Bright pink plumes are colorful for weeks every summer

    - Handsome blue-green foliage looks beautiful even when the plant isn't in bloom

    Resists: 
    Deer

    Characteristics

    Plant Type: 
    Shrub
    Shrub Type: 
    Deciduous
    Height Category: 
    Medium
    Garden Height: 
    60 - 96 Inches
    Spacing: 
    72 Inches
    Spread: 
    72 Inches
    Flower Colors: 
    Green
    Flower Colors: 
    Pink
    Foliage Colors: 
    Blue
    Foliage Colors: 
    Green
    Foliage Shade: 
    Blue-green
    Habit: 
    Upright
    Container Role: 
    Thriller

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Part Sun to Sun
    Light Requirement: 
    Sun
    Maintenance Category: 
    Easy
    Blooms On: 
    Old Wood
    Bloom Time: 
    Early Summer
    Bloom Time: 
    Mid Summer
    Hardiness Zones: 
    4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
    Water Category: 
    Average
    Soil Fertility Requirement: 
    Average Soil
    Soil PH Category: 
    Acidic Soil
    Soil PH Category: 
    Alkaline Soil
    Soil PH Category: 
    Neutral Soil
    Uses: 
    Border Plant
    Uses: 
    Landscape
    Uses: 
    Mass Planting
    Uses: 
    Specimen or Focal Point
    Uses Notes: 

    Makes a lovely specimen or addition to perennial gardens and flower borders.

    Maintenance Notes: 

    It's best to avoid pruning smokebush regularly, though you may selectively remove branches to attain the shape you desire. It's quite versatile and easy to grow. Can be trained and pruned to grow as a tree or a shrub, depending on your preference.

    The Velvet Fog® Cotinus coggygria 'SMNCCPP3' USPP 32,352, Can PBRAF
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    Browse reviews from people who have grown this plant.
    • This is the second year for our Velvet Fog. The plant has tripled in height and has five branches with plumes about ten inches tall. The plumes, blossoms, are pink and have seed scattered throughout. When the late afternoon sun shines through the plumes they glow pink! Because of the hot Texas sun, she gets morning sun and afternoon shade and is on drip irrigation. Plant survived the freeze last year, 150 hours of 35 and below and 65 days this summer of 100 degrees or hotter. Tough, beautiful plant with blue green leaves that are thick. Love It! Would recommend this plant!

      David & Melissa Skasik
      , Texas
      , United States
      , 14 weeks ago
    • This is the second year for our Velvet Fog. The plant has tripled in height and has five branches with plumes about ten inches tall. The plumes, blossoms, are pink and have seed scattered throughout. When the late afternoon sun shines through the plumes they glow pink! Because of the hot Texas sun, she gets morning sun and afternoon shade and is on drip irrigation. Plant survived the freeze last year, 150 hours of 35 and below and 65 days this summer of 100 degrees or hotter. Tough, beautiful plant with blue green leaves that are thick. Love It!

      David & Melissa Skasik
      , Texas
      , United States
      , 14 weeks ago
    • We planted this in zone 6a and had been doing great even through extreme heat and drought. We absolutely love this as an addition and would highly recommend. Very hardy.

      Johnny Von Holt
      , Missouri
      , United States
      , 22 weeks ago
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