I am a die hard fan of Smokebush .. I love the leaf structure .. the growth habit .. that fantastic plume of smoke flowers when it comes into season. Best of all the colours of these different cultivars are becoming so awesome I know, no matter what state my garden falls into I will have at least two of these beauties. My first was "Royal Purple" or Cotinus coggygria 'Royal Purple' if we have to get technical .. this amazing 'shrub" or tree depending on your taste and ability .. (mine is out of hand right now .. smokebush that is .. well OK .. abilities could be that way too ) but come Spring it will be clipped back to compare with my newest one "Golden Spirit" and grow more so in tandem, along side each other. I had this insight a while back, that the striking contrast colours of these two sisters would be beautiful together .. now the trick is to have them grown and pruned almost twin like, to suit my imagination of how they would look like in my head ? Scary isn't it ?
Meanwhile this little beauty is showing off it's gorgeous colours here and now !