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Cotinus coggygria 'Royal Purple' Tree

Smoke Bush
  • From £44.99 (ex VAT)
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The rich maroon purple, medium-sized oval foliage of Cotinus coggygria 'Royal Purple' turns vivid red in the autumn for a vibrant display. If the attractive foliage isn’t enough to give 'Royal Purple' the rights to a space in the garden, it produces a mass of pale, pinkish-purple flowers in fluffy plumes from July – August. The flowers give the illusion of soft, billowing smoke surrounding the plant and gives rise to its common name of Smoke Bush.

Cotinus coggygria 'Royal Purple' will naturally grow to a shrub of around 5 x 5 meters in size over 20 years, but we have grown it as a beautiful single stem tree with a lovely rounded habit. It requires a moist, well-drained soil in full or partial sun and it won’t fail to impress.

AKA Cotinus 'Royal Purple', Smoke Bush

  • Common name: Smoke Bush
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 5 x 5 meters
  • Seasons of interest: Spring, Summer, Autumn
  • Foliage: Purple, deciduous leaves turns vivid red in autumn
  • Position: Full to partial sun

Planting Advice for Cotinus Shrubs

Our pot grown 'Royal Purple' Smoke Bush can be planted at any time of year. Prepare the ground by removing weeds and grass within a metre of the planting location. Dig a square hole as deep as the root mass and approximately twice as wide. To help the bush establish effectively, sprinkle root grow in the hole.

Gently loosen the roots and place into the planting hole. Mix 50% of your original soil with 50% high quality compost, then fill in the hole and firm around gently. Make sure not to bank the soil up around the collar of the bush.

Aftercare Advice for Cotinus Shrubs

If you’re planting Cotinus in spring, summer or dry weather, water well and regularly for the first few months. Increase watering if there are extended periods of hot or dry weather. If you’re planting in autumn, you may only need to water a little. We stock a range of irrigation kits to assist watering.

Once planted, it is important to keep the area free of competing weeds for the first couple of growing seasons.

Covid-19: We are still open! We are dealing with orders as quickly as we can and will be in touch about delivery if you already have an order with us.

Trees on pre-order are not ready to send out yet and an estimate of when they will be ready for despatch is given on the basket page. Orders will be despatched when all trees are ready.

Delivery Costs

1 small tree (most trees under 1.5 metres in height) : £9.95 + vat

1 medium tree (most trees 1.5-2 metres in height) or 2-4 small trees: £11.95 + vat

2+ medium trees or 5+ small trees: £14.95 + vat

1-4 trees delivered by pallet (inc. mature Japanese Maples): 24.95 + vat

The above prices exclude the Scottish Highlands, where delivery starts from £24.95 + vat and is calculated in the checkout process.

Mature and pleached trees or orders too large for pallet: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode rather than quantity (starts from £48 + vat).

Northern Ireland and Non Mainland UK

Our courier charges are not viable for just one or two trees, but if you have a larger requirement then please do speak to us to see if we can find a solution.

Delivery Timescales

All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team and most are delivered within 10 days of placing the order. There's no need to be in to receive your order and you can request where it is left via the checkout.

There is a slightly longer timescale on pleached and mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height) because we group orders together for specialist delivery - we will contact these customers to notify them of the delivery date.

Trees on pre-order are still growing and an estimate of when they will be ready is given on the basket page. Orders will be despatched when all trees are ready.

Gift trees and those required by a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure, although we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.

Our nursery is a busy despatch centre, so please make an appointment to collect or view trees.  For collections, despatch charges will be refunded.

The product table at the bottom of the page gives the forms and sizes available for this variety. Please note, photos are a guideline as all plants are unique. Below are definitions of terms:

Supplied Size: Height measured from the top of the pot.

Single Stem / Pruned and shaped: Classic shaped tree with a single stem that has had pruning to help create a beautiful, natural shape.

Top grafted: A height noted next to this form refers to the length of clear stem, which will not grow taller. Only the head of branches will develop. Top grafted trees do not require complicated pruning and are ideal for small spaces.

Feathered: A feathered tree has branches from the bottom of the trunk all the way up. These branches can be removed if a clear stem is required.

Multi Stem: A multi stem tree has two or more stems arising from or near ground level, growing from one root system.

Bush: A plant with many stems low down, rather than one clear stem.

Clump: Several plants in one pot that can give the appearance of a multi stemmed and very bushy tree.

Climber: A plant that is a natural climber and will be delivered usually running up a bamboo cane, ready to position in the garden.

Standard Tree: A more mature tree with an upright clear stem of approximately 1.8m-2.0m (measured from the soil to the lowest branches of the crown). Standards are available in different forms relating to their girth size (circumference of the stem measured 1m above soil level), not height:

Standard  either 6-10cm or 8-10cm girth, approximately 2.5-3.0m in height
Premium Standard  10-12cm girth, approximately 3.0-3.5m in height
Heavy Standard  12-14cm girth, approximately 3.5-4.5m in height
Extra Heavy Standard 14-16cm girth approximately 4.0-6m in height

Plant Specification Form Supplied Size Root typePrice Quantity Qty
Cotinus coggygria 'Royal Purple' Form: Bush Supplied Size: 70-100cm Root type: 10L pot Cotinus coggygria 'Royal Purple' Price £44.99 (ex VAT)
Bush 70-100cm 10L pot £44.99 (ex VAT)
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Cotinus coggygria 'Royal Purple' Form: Single Stem Tree Supplied Size: 150-200cm Root type: 12L pot Cotinus coggygria 'Royal Purple' Price £59.99 (ex VAT)
Single Stem Tree 150-200cm 12L pot £59.99 (ex VAT)
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Total: £0.00 (VAT Free)
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