Purple Smoke Bush
Cotinus Coggygria Purpurea Hedging
Cotinus coggygria Purpurea is principally grown for its magnificent royal purple foliage. If left unclipped, it also produces clouds of flowers that give it its English name of Purple Smokebush. Cotinus is best cut back hard in the autumn to encourage new growth that carries the leaves with the best colour. It therefore makes a dramatic but very effective clipped hedge or screening plant.