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15/06/2014 at 16:30

We have the below the tree/shrub in our garden and have no idea what it is. If someone could please let me know that will be great as it's lovely but I don't how to manage it.

Thanking you in advance.


15/06/2014 at 16:48

It is  purple leaved Cotinus [ there is also a lime green one ]

It will have a haze of fawn flowers which ii why it is sometimes called the smoke bush.

They can grow large 2-3 metre by 2-3 metre.

Can prune hard in winter, but then will not get the flowers, but bigger leaves. I like the big leaves so prune mine very hard.

15/06/2014 at 17:03

Did not know they could be pruned hard. Loppers at the ready for autumn!

15/06/2014 at 17:06

I wouldn't do it at the beginning of winter, I'd leave it til late winter, early spring

15/06/2014 at 17:19

Thanks for the identification and the tips on pruning. I quite like the flowers so won't be pruning it too hard but it does need to be shaped so some gentle pruning will commence next early spring. 

Thanks again. 

15/06/2014 at 17:45

BecM have a look at this  lots of advise and pics,we have one the Greeks spell it Kotinus Wild Olive,Cracking looking bush.

16/06/2014 at 22:29

Thanks Alan.

It is indeed a lovely tree. Has to be one of my favourites in the garden. 


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