Smoky-pink flowers add to the show in late spring and early summer!
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Golden Spirit Smoke Bush

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Cotinus coggygria Golden Spirit™ 13,082

The first golden-leafed Smoke Bush!
Plant Patent 16,082

The most colorful Smoke Bush yet, Golden Spirit shows off from spring till frost in your garden! Not only does it have the same spectacular fall color you expect of Smoke Bush, but its leaves are brilliant gold in spring and summer! Happy in poor, dry soil, it's easy as well as lovely -- a must-have for the sunny to partly shady garden!

In spring the large, rounded leaves unfurl bright yellow on this tidy shrub, offering terrific contrast to all the green- and blue-leafed plants nearby. In late spring the foliage is topped by delicate 8- to 10-inch stems of smoky-pink blossoms, which last into early summer. And with the first nip of fall weather, the entire bush erupts in brilliant coral, orange, and red tones!

And few shrubs are easier to grow, especially if you've got poor, dry, or rocky soil -- Golden Spirit actually PREFERS these conditions! So don't worry about fertilizing it; find an unpromising patch of dirt and it'll be very content! Heat, humidity, and drought don't faze it once it's established in your garden, either. In fact, unless you want to prune it back to a smaller size, you really need do nothing to this magnificent shrub!

Best grown in full sun for the widest color range, Golden Spirit is also tolerant of partial shade. Put away the pruning shears, the watering can, and the fertilizer, and settle back to enjoy truly carefree gardening! 6 to 8 feet tall, 5 feet wide. Hardy in zones 5-9.

Genus Cotinus
Species coggygria
Variety Golden Spirit™
ppaf 13,082
ItemForm 1-Quart
Zone 5 - 8
BloomStartToEnd Late Spring - Early Summer
Habit Upright
PlantHeight 6 ft - 8 ft
PlantWidth 5 ft
BloomSize 8 in - 10 in
AdditionalCharacteristics Free Bloomer
BloomColor Light Pink
LightRequirements Full Sun, Part Shade
MoistureRequirements Moist,  well-drained
Resistance Drought Tolerant, Heat Tolerant
SoilTolerance Normal,  loamy
Uses Border, Hedge, Ornamental
Restrictions Canada, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Guam, Virgin Islands
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Plant 8 to 10 feet apart for C. coggyria, 20 feet for C. obovatus. Full sun and any well-drained location provide the best growth.


Maintain a mulch year round to conserve moisture, particularly during the first couple years of growth. Water during periods of hot, dry weather. Prune only to remove weak or dead branches.


Zones 4-8

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Tips for gardening in particularly hot, dry climates:

1. Water with a drip system whenever possible – soak the bed slowly and thoroughly to a depth of 10" to 12".

2. Watering deeply every 3 to 5 days is preferable to a shallow daily watering.

3. Water in the early morning, so foliage has time to dry.

4. Add a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch or similar material to aid in water retention and help keep the roots cool during hot weather.