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Cotinus Grace


Smoke Bush

Unusual dark leafed shrub with clouds of smoke like flowers in summer

A stunning shrub which will make a statement in your garden. Rounded, bronze green leaves appear in late spring and age to red through the season. Summer brings clouds of smoke like flowers that seem to drift above the foliage, hence the common name. In autumn the leaves turn rich scarlet before falling to reveal upright branches.


Easy to grow in sun or part shade and soil which is not too dry in summer. Best in a sheltered spot away from cold winter winds.


Water occasionally in prolonged dry weather. Cotinus Grace can be grown to become a large, twiggy shrub which needs little pruning, or cut back hard every spring to encourage larger leaves and a spectacular show of autumn colour.

Deep purple foliage and clouds of fine flowers in late summer which look like smoke

Plant details

In depth plant information

Property Value
Plant type Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available March - September
Season of interest Spring, Summer
Flowering June - August
Evergreen No
Plant height 400 cm - 800 cm
Plant width 250 cm - 400 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 200 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

Property Value
Soil type Clay, Chalk, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Moist
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Rock garden, Banks and slopes, Cottage garden, Informal garden

Typically available

From March to September