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A Smoke Bush with a difference

Posted by bahia SF Bay Area (My Page) on
Tue, Oct 30, 12 at 21:59

Most people are probably very familiar with the purple foliaged forms of Cotinus coggygria such as 'Royal Smoke', and it is a wonderful shrub/small tree for a dry sunny spot. People may not be as aware that there is a chartreuse cultivar of C. coggygria called Golden Spirit that is great for a shaded woodland garden to lighten up a dark spot, and it has great golden fall foliage color. Here's a photo link of one in an Alameda garden underneath the canopy of a Coast Live Oak tree.

Here is a link that might be useful: Golden Spirit Smoke Bush

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RE: A Smoke Bush with a difference

Thanks for the introduction. I almost lost my Cotinus Royal Purple, after several years in the garden, when I planted a new Rosemary hedge too close. The Smoke tree had always been neglected, but I did not know how sensitive to summer water they were. The Golden Spirit I will guess is similar in this respect. Al

RE: A Smoke Bush with a difference

  • Posted by jkom51 Z9 CA/Sunset 17 (My Page) on
    Wed, Oct 31, 12 at 19:02

I had never seen the chartreuse form prior to a visit to the Elizabeth Gamble Garden in Palo Alto, when we did an overnight there. I agree, it is a beautiful shrub!

Here is a link that might be useful: Cottage Gardening Forum: Visit to Elizabeth Gamble Garden

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