Smoke bush, Cotinus coggygria, is a shrub that’s also commonly known as royal purple smoke bush, smokebush, smoke tree, and purple smoke tree. I write about mine each year. And now the leaves are starting to appear once again.
The birds always build a nest in the bush, sometimes I find two nests. The bush is in the front and I can see it easily from the window. Earlier there was a pari of cardinals in the bush, I hope they build. I have never seen a cardinal nest in my yard.
The bush has such a beautiful color to the leaves. A burgundy color. Sort of like the other plant I wrote about earlier. I like this color in my garden. It seems to go well with many evergreen bushes and plants I have.
This is a low maintenance plant. I cut it back at the end of the summer, and it comes back each spring. I will post more about it as the season progresses.
Have you seen the smoke bush before?