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Cotinus coggygria ‘Golden Spirit’

Smoke bush

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Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does not flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Cotinus coggygria 'Golden Spirit'
  • Common name: Smoke bush
  • Family: Anacardiaceae
  • Plant Type: Shrub, Deciduous
Flower colour:

Yellow

Foliage colour:

Golden

Smoke bush, Cotinus coggygria is a shapely, rounded shrub or small tree, grown for its summer interest and autumn colour. Its summer flowers give the appearance of a smoky haze over the branch tips, hence its common name. 

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Cotinus coggygria ‘Golden Spirit’ is the first golden-leaved smoke bush. It makes a striking shrub for the border, looking particularly attractive next to bronze-leaved plants. Its glowing, golden yellow foliage is tinted with red when young, and is complemented by smoky yellow flowers in June and July. In autumn, the leaves turn fiery shades of red and orange.

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Grow Cotinus coggygria ‘Golden Spirit’ in well-drained fertile soil in full sun or partial shade. Mulch annually with well-rotted manure or leafmould. It requires little or no pruning.

How to grow Cotinus 'Golden Spirit'

  • Plant size

    2.4m height

    2m spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Middle, back

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, dappled shade
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy / chalky / alkaline / acidic

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do not Plant in May

Do not Plant in June

Do not Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do Plant in September

Do Plant in October

Do Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does not flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Take cuttings
Take cuttings

Do not Take cuttings in January

Do not Take cuttings in February

Do not Take cuttings in March

Do Take cuttings in April

Do Take cuttings in May

Do not Take cuttings in June

Do not Take cuttings in July

Do not Take cuttings in August

Do not Take cuttings in September

Do not Take cuttings in October

Do not Take cuttings in November

Do not Take cuttings in December

Cotinus 'Golden Spirit' and wildlife

Cotinus 'Golden Spirit' has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Cotinus 'Golden Spirit' poisonous?

Cotinus 'Golden Spirit' has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People