Cotinus coggygria ‘Royal Purple’

Cotinus coggygria 'Royal Purple', landscape, St John's Lodge, 4 June 2019
Cotinus coggygria ‘Royal Purple’, landscape, St John’s Lodge, 4 June 2019

Large bushy deciduous shrub with medium-textured foliage. Grows to a scruffy mounds, out of which emerge fluffy clouds of tiny flowers in July-August. The purple-marroon leaves turn scarlet in autumn. Originally from Greece and the wider Mediterranean region, it will cope with dry spells once established.

H x S: 5m x 5m

Aspect and soil: not too fussy about soil but best in moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil. Cope with dry spells once established.

Use: at the middle or back of the border. Good inserted in traditional English gardens and even more at home in Mediterranean edge of woodland schemes.

Care: no pruning required but can be cut back hard in early spring to produce larger leaves.

Wildlife: —

Hazard: —

Origin: Mediterranean

Hardiness: H5