New in the Nursery: Smokebush


An eye-catching splash of color among our autumn plants, Smokebush (like the Cotinus 'Grace' variety shown above) is one of our favorite new faces in the nursery. Though perhaps best known for the frothy, springtime blooms that lend the plant its name, Smokebush is also a fall standout thanks to the dramatic reds and purples of its autumn leaves, which often remain on the plant after other foliage has dropped. A hybrid of the American Smoke Tree (Cotinus obovatus) and Eurasian Smokebush (Cotinus coggygria), this hearty, deer-resistant variety prefers sandy or loamy soil, full sun, and drier conditions, which promote denser foliage and brighter fall color. Slow-growing Smokebush rewards patient gardeners, requiring regular pruning for one to two years to achieve its fullest, most robust appearance. Able to reach up to 20' in height and adaptable for a tree or bush shape when pruned, Cotinus 'Grace' will be a welcome addition to autumn landscapes year after year.

Throughout the season, our plant team highlights their freshest additions to the garden with New in the Nursery. Check in at your local store to take home these newly-arrived blooms. 

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