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If you love purple and don't like a lot of work in the garden the Royal Purple Smoke tree is the landscape shrub for you! Phenomenal plumes of purple add color, texture, and grace to your yard in summer. This dense tree-shrub is adorned with deep purple leaves from spring through fall/5(17).

Nov 08, Unpruned, the smoke bush becomes a large, multistemmed shrub 10 to 15 feet tall and wide. As with Hamlet's dilemma, though, there's really no middle course. If you try to have it both ways -- Estimated Reading Time: 3 mins. Nov 30, To shape your smoke bush plants into an informal hedge, the North Carolina State Extension recommends pruning the shrubs back hard every two to three years – within 6 to 8 inches of the Author: Victoria Lee Blackstone.

In general, this plant is a”specimen” type plant that will need some pruning. Pruning is very important to the overall look of the plant because it grows in a rather erratic pattern. Only prune in early spring before the plant leafs out. Crossing, badly formed or damaged branches should be removed back to.

On quick search the on-line sites were all out of stock, I buy at nurseries not online so I defer to his opinion about Wayside and Spring Hill.

The smoke tree (Cotinus coggygria), a deciduous bush, is known for its distinctive purple leaves and the feathery, pink and purple tufts that hang from spent flower blooms. These tufts create the Author: Michelle Miley. Mar 26, With the plant still dormant in the chilly late-winter weather, John gave our new smoke-tree-to-bush pruning method a try. He started by trimming off the numerous small upper branches with long-handled loppers. As he worked his way down the tree, he switched to a bow saw to cut through the thicker branches.

You can prune the bejesus out of them but it is a lifetime job. 'Royal Purple' is reasonably well-behaved (not like 'Grace'). If you wait until it fully leafs out before you do your annual pruning, you will produce less vigorous growth.

If you grow it 'hard' (lean soil, light on water) ditto.

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