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Cotinus coggygria 'Golden Spirit'

Smoke bush

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Plant type

Deciduous shrub

Flower colour



Autumn colour, Colourful new growth, Flowers, Dramatic foliage



Skill level


Cotinus coggygria 'Golden Spirit'

Plant details

Introduced to the UK in 1999, 'Golden Spirit' is the first golden-leaved smoke bush. The original plant was discovered in a Dutch nursery in 1990, growing in a batch of ordinary-looking seedlings. It makes a striking shrub for the border, looking particularly attractive next to bronze-leaved plants, such as Physocarpus opulifolius 'Diablo'. Its glowing, golden yellow foliage is tinted with red when it first opens, and is complemented by smoky yellow flowers in June and July. In autumn, the leaves turn fiery shades of red and orange. No pruning is needed, however to encourage fresh colourful growth it is worth cutting back all the stems to about 5cm to 10cm (2in to 4in) each spring. This restricts the plant's size to only 60cm to 70cm (2ft to 2.3ft) high.

Family: Anacardiaceae

Genus: Cotinus

Species: coggygria

Cultivar: Golden Spirit

Plant type: Deciduous shrub

Flower colour: Yellow

Foliage colour: Golden

Feature: Autumn colour, Colourful new growth, Flowers, Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 240cm

Spread: 200cm

Time to take cuttings: April to May

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