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(smoke tree), a genus of deciduous shrub (2–5 m tall) and small trees (up to 12 m tall) of the family Anacardia-ceae. The gray leaves are simple, alternate, and entire. The tiny yellowish white or greenish flowers are bisexual and staminate. The loose terminal panicles contain many underdeveloped flowers on long flower stalks, covered wih long, spreading reddish or greenish hairs. In the fall the flower stalks grow bushy and give the plant an ornamental appearance.

There are two species: Cotinus americanus, which grows in North America, and C. coggigria, which grows in southern Europe, southern Asia (from Asia Minor to China), and the USSR (the Caucasus and south of the European section). C. coggigria is found among shrubs on dry, often stony and chalky slopes and in pine and oak forests. It is cultivated as an ornamental and for the tannins and related products in the leaves, which are used in the chemical and textile industries. The leaves are used for tanning leather. The greenish yellow wood of the shrubs is used to make various articles. The plants yield the dye fisetin, which is used to dye wool, silk, wood, and leather yellow and orange.


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They associate well with other hot, dry plants such as eryngiums, they contrast well with foliage plants such as cotinus and the odd silver birch and produce hundreds of flowers.
Cotinus will grow in any fairly fertile, moist and well-drained soil.
New leaves, like those of the acer and the bronze-leaved Cotinus coggyria 'Grace', are almost transluscent and the eleagnus 'Quicksilver' is a mass of shimmering silver foliage.
They've made fine plants and can be hidden in the undergrowth or stood on upturned pots for extra height so their glamorous flos wers can be seen rising from clumps of other vividly coloured flowers or mingling with the bronze foliage of cotinus or cannas.
TO DO LIST | For autumn colour next year plant three of the best: amelanchier lamarckii (snowy mespilus), cotinus coggygria (smoke tree), and ccer palmatum senkaki.
My favourite is C Lucifer, a fairly tall variety growing 4ft, which produces brilliant red flowers and looks wonderful alongside the purple-leaved smoke bush, Cotinus Royal Purple, or against a backdrop of acid-green evergreens.
A third method is air layering, which is ideal for plants which often lack low-growing shoots suitable for conventional layering, such as magnolia, hazel, cotinus and flowering cornus species.
Use the upright columnar juniperus chinensis Pyramidalis with its prickly glaucous leaves in combination with the purple-leaved smoke bush cotinus coggygria Royal Purple.
Without a photo I can only take a wild guess but the first thing that springs to mind is Cotinus coggygria.
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