Cotinus coggygria Golden Spirit ('Ancot') (PBR)

3 litre pot £24.99
available to order from late summer
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Buy Cotinus coggygria Golden Spirit ('Ancot') (PBR) smoke bush: Gold leaves and stunning autumn colour

This shrub is deciduous so it will lose all its leaves in autumn, then fresh new foliage appears again each spring.

  • 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 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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The plant was very small but healthy, but too small


In border but very small



Good shrub brightening a dark corner


Have used Crocus for years and though a bit pricey their plants and shrubs are excellent quality . Sometimes a bit hard to get out of the box due to the amount of Sellotape used, but they are fine in the end! Will continue to use the company. Their customer service team is also very good and very patient with daft questions!

Gardeners friend

Great Missenden, Bucks


Different to your average purple Cotinus


Can be pruned in spring to required height or can be left if the plumes of smoke like flowers are required - but will grow tall.

Mrs B




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Is it possible to restrict the height of this plant by annual pruning? Very much want to add this spectacular shrub to my small garden was was horrified to see the predicted final of 5m x5m size specification. On the other hand your guidelines suggest cutting back severely annually, you say to increase leaf size. Would be gratful for advise before I purchase.


If you cut it back hard each year, it should restrict the plants eventual height, however if the plant is going to be too big for your garden, perhaps you should consider a smaller-sized, yellow-leaved shrub.


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 Margaret


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. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

Crocus Helpdesk

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 Louise

louise barton - warner

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.

Crocus Helpdesk

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.


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?

Maxine Mulrooney

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