Cotinus coggygria – Venetian Sumach, Smoke Tree (= Rhus cotinus)
(south-eastern Europe, Asia)
Habit: Domed to broadly round large shrub, 3-5 m tall, loose, medium to fast-growing.
Flowers: On older twigs, whitish, feathery inflorescences (dioecious), June.
Fruits: Bizarre, fuzzy inflorescences like wigs, (July) August to September, persistent.
Leaves: Round to elliptical, late shoots; fresh green, orange-yellow to scarlet from end of September to beginning of October.
Roots: Shallow , sensitive to soil compaction.
Demands: Sun, extremely tolerant of heat, moderately frost hardy; good for urban areas, wind resistant.
Soil: Dry to fresh, neutral to very alkaline soil; well drained.
Hardiness: Zone 6a