Cotinus ‘Grace’

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Robert Pavlis

Cotinus ‘Grace’: photo by Robert Pavlis

Cotinus ‘Grace’ is a lovely smoke bush that stands out in any garden. It has vibrant red spring foliage that keeps it color all summer long, turning an even better red-orange in fall. Leaf color depends very much on the angle of the sun but when it is shining just right the whole plant glows. Leaves that are in shade will take on a dark green color. In summer it produces large dark pink clouds of blooms.

 

Cotinus ‘Grace’: photo by Robert Pavlis
Cotinus ‘Grace’: photo by Robert Pavlis

‘Grace’ is a cross between the European smoke bush, Cotinus coggygria  ‘Velvet Cloak’ and the American smoke tree, Cotinus obovatus. Some sources list this cross as C. x dummeri, but that is not a commonly used name – it may not be valid.

Cotinus ‘Grace’: photo by Robert Pavlis
Cotinus ‘Grace’: photo by Robert Pavlis

In my zone 5 garden I see winter dieback on some cultivars of smoke bush, but not this one. It also grows more vigorously than most. If you cut the stems back to ground level on a mature plant it will grow 7 to 8 feet in one summer. New growth is always more colorful, so this is a good way to handle the plant.

Cotinus ‘Grace’, in flower
Cotinus ‘Grace’, in flower

This plant is reported to have very large flower clusters, but I have not seen that on mine, which tends to have small clusters. This may be due to fact that mine has never reached full size due to pruning. Leaves show no pest damage.

Compost Science for Gardeners by Robert Pavlis

Cotinus ‘Grace’ 

(Ko-TYE-nus)

 Life Cycle: shrub

Height: 4 m (12 ft)

Bloom Time: summer

Natural Range: n/a

Habitat: n/a

Synonyms: none

 Cultivation of Cotinus ‘Grace’

Light: full sun

Soil: very adaptable

Water: drought tolerant once established

USDA Hardiness Zone: (?4) 5-9

Propagation: cuttings, layering

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Robert Pavlis

I have been gardening my whole life and have a science background. Besides writing and speaking about gardening, I own and operate a 6 acre private garden called Aspen Grove Gardens which now has over 3,000 perennials, grasses, shrubs and trees. Yes--I am a plantaholic!

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  1. Robert, I often refer to your favorite plants for ideas. I am trying to find plants, shurbs that like moist eastern sun (all day) soil. My plan is to plant them to help eradicate posion ivy. Thank you, appreciate any advice you have.

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