Smoke Bush Foliage

Common Names: Smoke Bush, Smoke Tree

Botanical names: Cotinus coggygria

Availability: Summer and Fall

Vase life: 7 to 10 days

Storage temperatures: 36 - 40 degrees Fahrenheit

Ethylene Sensitive: No

Description: Oval or obovate leaves, measuring 1.5 to 3 inches long. Tiny, yellowish flowers which bloom in large, airy clusters. After blooming, the flower clusters develop long, hair-like structures that create a hazy, smoky appearance, giving the plant its common name.

Color: Depending on the cultivar the foliage can be found in shades of yellow, orange, red, or purple, with purple being the most popular.

Botanical facts: Native to southern Europe, central Asia, and the Himalayas.

Design notes: The airy and open structure of the foliage adds texture and depth to arrangements. The unique texture complements a variety of other floral elements, from soft petals to spiky flowers. The deep purple leaves of 'Royal Purple' provide a bold contrast against lighter and more vibrant flowers.

Purchasing hints: Purchase branches with turgid undamaged foliage and lively, wispy flower structures.

Conditioning: Remove all foliage that will be below the water line. Cut two inches off of the stem ends with a sharp knife. Hydrate in a solution of water and commercial floral food for two hours before storage or usage.

Additional notes: Incorporating Smoke Bush 'Royal Purple' into floral designs can elevate the overall aesthetic, adding both visual interest and a touch of elegance.