Cotinus coggygria 'Golden Spirit'   pp 13,082
Golden-leaved Smoketree
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Family: Cashew Family (Anacardiaceae)
Native Habitat: Southern Europe, central China, Himalayas


Cotinus ‘Golden Spirit' is a Dutch selection that is the first golden-leaved Smoketree. The bright golden leaves will not burn in full sun as many golden leaves plants are prone to do. In fact, coloring is best in full sun. The large, mid-summer flower panicles are incredibly ornamental and reminiscent of puffs of smoke, hence the common name. Fall color is outstanding. It usually grows 6-10' tall and as wide, however it can be easily kept more compact through annual pruning and can even be kept small enough for patio containers.

Ornamental Characteristics: Golden leaves that will not burn in full sun. Smoke-like flower panicles in mid-summer. Excellent fall color: shades of red, orange and gold.
Habit & Growth Rate: Deciduous, upright, loosely branched, multi-stemmed shrub growing to.6 to 10 ft. high and wide. Medium growth rate.
Landscape Uses: Shrub border. Specimen plant. Deer resistant.
Hardiness: Zone 5 to 8
Culture: Full sun to light shade. Average to well-drained soils. Easily pruned to a smaller size.
Awards: Plantarium (Holland) Gold Medal- Best New Plant Introduction