I have two Winecraft Black smokebushes. The color is gorgeous; I'd say the foliage color on the website is true to real life. Fall color for me has not been impressive so far and the leaves mostly just turn brown. The website states 4'-6' tall and wide. Mine are closer to 6' wide and 8-9 feet tall. I've read that they do not need to be pruned, but for me, that is not an ideal look. The FIRST smokebush I planted in spring 2019 was extremely small. I did not prune it. Despite its small size, it grew two or three branches about 7-8 feet tall by the end of the season. In early spring 2020, I pruned it to about 14 inches, which resulted in multiple new branches from the tips but bare stems below; however, there were a few new branches from the base. It had about six branches in total that were 8 feet tall. In spring 2021, I pruned it to the ground. It is now almost October and it has twelve branches that are 8 to 9 feet tall. The SECOND smokebush I planted in spring 2020 on the opposite side of my house. I did not prune it in 2020 or this year, 2021. On the lower 1/3 of the shrub, some branches had leaves but more were completely bare. It did put out new growth from the base but not enough to cover the bare branches or make it look full at the bottom. This is not a look I care for, so going forward I will prune both to the ground or maybe a few inches. As far as flowers (smoke), I have not had any from either shrub, even the one that I did not prune for two years. I deducted 1 star due to its overall size being larger than advertised, and I really wanted something that did not need maintenance, but overall I am glad I have this shrub in my landscape for the color that it brings.
Winecraft Black® Smokebush Cotinus coggygria
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).
A feast for the eyes from spring through autumn!
Winecraft Black® is the first Proven Winners smokebush, so you know it must be special. In spring, round leaves emerge rich purple but as summer's heat comes on, they turn a deep near-black tone and finally light up in an array of reds and oranges in fall. In early summer, large, soft panicles of bloom appear that become the misty "smoke" that makes this such a popular landscape plant. Unlike other smokebush, it naturally has a rounded, dwarf habit which means that finally, every landscape has room for this unique plant.
Top three reasons to grow Winecraft Black smokebush:
1. Color and interest from spring through frost.
2. No pruning or special maintenance required.
3. Dwarf habit makes it easy to use with any sized home or yard.Foliage InterestFall InterestDeadheading Not NecessaryResists:DeerRabbits
CharacteristicsPlant Type:ShrubShrub Type:DeciduousHeight Category:MediumGarden Height:48 - 72 InchesSpacing:60 - 84 InchesSpread:48 - 72 InchesFlower Colors:PinkFlower Colors:RedFoliage Colors:BlackFoliage Colors:PurpleFoliage Shade:Purple changing to near-blackHabit:UprightContainer Role:Thriller
Plant NeedsLight Requirement:SunMaintenance Category:EasyBlooms On:New WoodBloom Time:Early SummerHardiness Zones:4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8bHeat Zones:8Water Category:AverageSoil Fertility Requirement:Average SoilUses:Border PlantUses:LandscapeUses:Specimen or Focal PointUses Notes:
Smokebush makes a striking specimen, but is also effective as a low hedge or mass planting.Maintenance Notes:
Winecraft Black smokebush is very easy to care for and requires little to nothing in the way of regular maintenance. Plant in full sun for best color and flowering. Pruning will rarely be required but may be done in spring.Fun Facts:
It isn't technically the flowers that create the hazy, smoke-like effect this plant is so loved for - it's the seedpods that form after the flowers have faded.Winecraft Black® Cotinus coggygria 'NCCO1' USPP 30,216, Can PBRAF
5943322113Browse reviews from people who have grown this plant.
Lisa G., Pennsylvania, United States, 13 min ago
I find it remarkable that no mention is made in most information sources that the Smoke Bush has a resinous sap that contains urusiol that on contact with the skin can cause the same severe rash you get from touching poison ivy/oak. If you are sensitive to poison ivy/oak (they are all in the Anacardiaceae family), I would suggest not planting this. I suffered through weeks of agony several times a year until I figured out that my smoke bush was the source of my rash. I have now removed these. I find it irresponsible of gardening web sites to not make this information known.Todd, 2 weeks ago
Got two of these from a nursery 3 months ago. They’re adorable. Planted one in mostly shade and the leaves have mostly turned a deep green. The other is in partial sun and it’s stayed fairly red. They both grow like crazy, and the leaves are such a beautiful, crisp oval shape. I accidentally broke a branch off one with a hose (branches are pretty delicate) and it grew more branches within a few weeks. The leaves on the new growth are about twice as large as the original growth. Wish I had a sunny spot for these little beauties.Betsy, Minnesota, United States, 6 weeks ago
So I've had two of these for two years now. I managed to snag them from a local nursery (pretty pricy but I needed them in my life) after seeing it on garden Answer. Red foliage is an extremely important color in the garden, and you'd be hard pressed to find a red foliage quite like this. The first year they were both maybe a foot tall, kind of wimpy. But now, in their second year, they're at least 4 feet tall and branching nicely. No flowers, but honestly I'm growing them for the leaves. I have each one planted between two endless summer mopheads hydrangeas- my hope being that they can be trained to shade the hydrangeas from the summer sun a bit. The red leaves look fantastic next to the purple pink blue flowers of the hydrangeas!Sarah, Pennsylvania, United States, 11 weeks ago
I planted 2 of these last year and they are phenomenal. Crazy fast growth rate. I had to pick up a 3rd that was about a 6" little squirt but after 4 months it is 3ft tall. They have a deep rich color that changes throughout the summer. Everyone comments on them. I do water my gardens often when the heat is intense and with fresh plantings.Lisa, Michigan, United States, 51 weeks ago
As others commented no root system to speak of when purchased and planted 6/26/2019 and very small. Planted in a container and it never even grew one inch. It is 3/9/20 and still no sign of life. I will wait to see what happens before I pull it. I could not find this smokebush in my area( Tucson,AZ) so I purchased this Proven Winner Winecraft Black Smokebush from Amazon. I really wanted this to be a success but I am very disappointed.Michele L, Arizona, United States, 1 year ago
Like one of the other reviewers, I to purchased a PW Winecraft Black Smokebush after seeing Laura with Garden Answer on youtube. I couldn’t fine one here in my area of Arizona(Tucson area) so I purchased it from Amazon. It is a Proven Winner plant but mine had no root system to speak of and was very small. I planted it in a container 6/20/19 and it never grew even an inch and lost all its leaves bit is now March 9, 2020 no leaves still. I think it msy be dead. I’ll wait to see if it grows if not I will pull it out. Disappointed in the Proven Winner plant. Really did want this to be successful but with no root system to speak of it had very little chance.Michele L, Arizona, United States, 1 year ago
I bought a Wine Craft Smoke bush last fall. It came to my house as a 4" baby. Today, June 2-2019, it is 8-9" tall and round and looking fabulous! I am in the high country of the southwest and I am very pleased with my purchase so far.Suzanne Diggins, Arizona, United States, 2 years ago
Plant that I received was extremely tiny and the root system was practically non-existent; only the tap root remains. We shall see if it survives more than a few days. Shipped in a box that was ~8x the size of the actual plant, wrapped in a single layer of brown paper for protection. Would not recommend.Adam, New Jersey, United States, 2 years ago
We had a Beauty Bush at the front of one of our flower beds. Because it was looking so unkempt, even with pruning, we wanted to replace it with something else. I had been wanting a Smokebush for a long time, but didn't want such a large tree. Found this Winecraft Black Smokebush, which was perfect for the spot in my flower bed. Also, it will be such a nice contrast with my Hibiscus plant!Patricia, British Columbia, Canada, 3 years ago