'Royal Purple' has the darkest foliage of any of its kin, a rich, non-fading maroon-red that's almost black. An upright grower, it makes a stunning companion for white and pink flowers and silver foliage. Worth growing just for the leaves, this Cotinus also produces countless tiny stems inside each 6–8″ flower head. After bloom fades in June, the stems become fluffy, resembling, from a distance, delightful puffs of smoke floating above the 10–15′ frame all summer. In its glory, from mid- to late summer, it draws the eye like a beacon, upstaging surrounding greenery.
Cotinus makes a striking accent in the shrub border, and pruned severely (at the expense of the smoke), it can also be grown in the mixed border. Plants color best in full sun but tolerate partial shade, and are otherwise undemanding. Tolerates drought once established.
For more information on growing Cotinus, click Growing Guide.
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Grow Cotinus in full sun to part shade in average soil (will also tolerate rather poor, dry soil) that has good drainage. Space 8' apart. Cotinus will grow 10–15′ high, and can grow wider than high at 10–15′ wide.
Use as a strong accent in shrub or mixed borders. With its colorful foliage, this multi-stemmed shrub is grown for the fluffy purplish red "smoke" formed on the 6–8″ flower heads after bloom.