Cotinus 'Grace'

2 litre pot £24.99
available to order from autumn
Quantity 1 Plus Minus
Buy Cotinus 'Grace' smoke bush: Fiery 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: fast-growing
  • Flowering period: July to August
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    In July and August this vigorous, deciduous shrub is festooned with fluffy plumes of purplish-pink flowers that look like a haze of smoke. The large, purple-tinted oval leaves need the sun to bring out the colour, then turn a brillant shade of translucent red in autumn. This is an excellent specimen plant for a sunny shrub or mixed border.

  • 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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Smoke bush


Lovely shrub, very healthy and growing like wildfire after a warm summer in Scotland.




Arrived and thriving!


Arrived in great shape, well packaged and now thriving in the garden!




Beautiful, ethereal


My Cotinus Grace is in it's first year and so far is growing quickly and despite being in a shady position still has very vibrant red leaves.




Good size, grown away well.


Arrived as a good size, grown on well and thrived. Already grow cotinus royal purple, and planted this one in memory due to the name, and as part of a large shrub border. Looks good.


East midlands


Great showstopper for your garden


Beautiful foliage from spring through to autumn. Lovely shaped shrub full of vibrant colour definitely the showstopper in the garden.




Healthy plant


Planted it in my front garden as leaves such a lovely colour & contrasts with the Lavender I have nearby.




Good size and condition


Provides a lovely contrast to the green foliage around it.




Continus Grace large tree


Well packed as usual very healthy plant. Has grown to three times the size since purchase. Very clear instructions for care .




"I would buy this product again"


Established itself well and even put up with being moved after a few months. Starting to look lush.




A great focus in the garden


If you have room for one focus shrub, this is a great choice. Its colour seems to be halfway between the purple and 'Flame' cotinus varieties. Beautiful colour all summer but especially in autumn, when it holds its leaves later than most. It came well packaged and in excellent condition.


Nr Tiverton



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I have just placed an order for this shrub and I'm wondering if it is at all possible if I can leave it in a pot until I decide where it's going live and if so for how long. Thank you in advance.


Ideally it should be planted straight out, but if you cant, then yes, you could leave it in its existing pot throughout the winter. Then if you are still not ready to plant it out, then you could pot it up. It's very important however that while it is kept in the pot, it is kept really well watered.


Hi. I would love a smoke bush in my garden, but I don't want it to grow to 6 metres high and shade the garden. I would like to prune it, to keep it around 2.5 metres high. Would either this Cotinus 'Grace' or the Cotinus coggygria 'Royal Purple' be suitable? I know this will be at the expense of flowers, but its mainly the beautiful leaves that I am after anyway.


Hello, If you cut it back hard each year in early spring, it will be kept smaller, but it will be at the expense of the flowers. If however you want the flowers too, then perhaps a more compact form such as 'Ruby Glow' would be better - please click on the following link to go straight to it.


Hi, I would like to grow either Cotinus Grace or Royal Purple with Cotinus Golden Spirit as a background for a perennial border. I will be growing them for foliage so plan to hard prune them on a regular basis once established.I don't want a hedge look just for them to mingle together. What distance apart would they need to be planted so as to create this background? What do you think would this idea work?


Hello, If left to grow without pruning, these shrubs can get pretty big (up to 5m), but if cut back hard each year (once they mature), their height will be restricted to around 1 - 1.5m. With this in mind, you could space them at 1 - 1.5m intervals. I would keep in mind though that they will develop quite a big root system over time, so this will have an impact on what you plant around them.


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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