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Winecraft Black® Smokebush Cotinus coggygria

  • 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
72" 72"
48 - 72"
48 - 72"
  • Details


    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 Interest
    Fall Interest
    Deadheading Not Necessary


    Plant Type: 
    Shrub Type: 
    Height Category: 
    Garden Height: 
    48 - 72 Inches
    60 - 84 Inches
    48 - 72 Inches
    Flower Colors: 
    Flower Colors: 
    Foliage Colors: 
    Foliage Colors: 
    Foliage Shade: 
    Purple changing to near-black
    Container Role: 

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Maintenance Category: 
    Blooms On: 
    New Wood
    Bloom Time: 
    Early Summer
    Hardiness Zones: 
    4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
    Heat Zones: 
    Water Category: 
    Soil Fertility Requirement: 
    Average Soil
    Border Plant
    Specimen or Focal Point
    Uses 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
  • 7 Reviews

    • 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.

      , Michigan
      , United States
      , 32 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
      , 1 year 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.

      , New Jersey
      , United States
      , 1 year 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!

      , British Columbia
      , Canada
      , 2 years ago
    • I wanted a purple smokebush, but the available varieties were all too large for my site. After seeing a youTube video from Garden Answer about this plant, I decided I had to have it; a no-brainer. Since local garden centers weren't yet selling it, I opted to order it from an online vendor. The 1gal pot I received was growing beautifully, and is now doing great in my garden. The color is fantastic and it's the perfect shade of purple for this spot in my garden. I've been encouraging other local nurseries to begin ordering this asap.

      Melissa Koska
      , Minnesota
      , United States
      , 2 years ago
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