Cotinus coggygria Golden Spirit ('Ancot') (PBR)
- Position: full sun
- Soil: moderately-fertile, moist, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: July to September
- Hardiness: fully hardy
This award-winning smoke bush has stunning, golden-yellow round leaves that turn coral, orange and red in autumn. In July and August, a haze of fluffy, smoke-like plumes of green flowers appear. This fairly new variety is an excellent specimen plant for a sunny spot. The leaves become an intense tran translucent gold the more sun the plant receives.
- Garden care: In late winter or early spring remove any misplaced, diseased or crossing branches. Alternatively, to produce larger leaves, cut the stems back hard to within two or three buds of the base in early spring. After pruning apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure around the base of the plant.
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Q:Specimen Ceanothus or another large bushy shrub....
Good afternoon, When I was first looking for a Ceanothus to replace the one we have in our front garden, I looked on your website, but you only had small ones. Our once lovely Ceanothus has been pruned out of all recognition again this year, as I planted it a bit too near our boundary when it was a baby. I know it may come back, but it is getting ridiculous as every time it grows back it has to be cut back again severely and then ooks a mess for most of the year. Have you got a nice, tall, bushy Ceanothus to replace it? I love my Ceanothus but perhaps if you don't have a big one, do you have another large, flowering shrub as an alternative? Hope you can help Regards MargaretAsked on 12/5/2009 by D DRAKETT
A:Hello Margaret, it is rare to find larger sized Ceanothus as they are usually quite short-lived and don't normally live longer than 6 - 8 years. We do have a selection of larger shrubs on our site like Hamamelis, Hydrangeas, Magnolias, Acer, Cornus, Cotinus, Philadelphus, Syringa and Viburnum, so you may find something of interest. They will be listed in this section. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/ I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 12/8/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Cotinus 'Grace' not flowering
Hello Crocus, I am having a problem with my Cotinus 'Grace'. It has the most enormous leaves but has not had many flowers this season. Could you shed any light as to why? I would be most grateful as it is a favorite of mine.Regards LouiseAsked on 7/10/2009 by louise barton - warner
A:Hello Louise, Cotinus can be cut back hard each year and this will encourage the plant to produce really large leaves, but this is usually at the expense of the flowers. If you want flowers, then you should resist cutting it back each year.Answered on 7/13/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:I'm afraid you have been given bad advice as 'Smoke bushes' are fully
hardy and don't need to be moved inside during cold nights. It is
however a deciduous shrub so it will lose all its leaves in winter, so
it is normal for it to look like a bare twig until the new leaves are
produced in spring. Therefore I suspect it is still alive, and would
recommend waiting until spring to see if it re-shoots.Asked on 2/28/2006 by Crocus
A:I think my 'Smoke bush' has died! I planted it the day I received it and
have watered it regularly. Since we have had a number of frosts I have
moved it into the garage on cold nights to prevent frost damage. I have
done this on the advice of a professional gardener as it was a young
plant and needed protection. Please can you let me know if you think it
has died?Answered on 3/1/2006 by Maxine Mulrooney
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