Cotinus coggyria 'Young Lady'

Young Lady Smoketree




Patents: PPAF

Family: Anacardiaceae

Genus: Cotinus

Parent: Cotinus coggyria

Category: Shrub - Deciduous

Zones: 4 to 8

Size: 4 to 6' tall and wide

Growth Rate: Slow

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun


Blooms in late spring and intermittently through summer into autumn, frothy yellow blooms. Bright green leaves. Good drainage is essential because it has a shallow fibrous root system. Best bloom with minimal early spring pruning. Blooms at an early age and is more floriferous than the species. Blooms on new wood. Compact shrubby version of the European species but more manageable size.


Developed in the Netherlands for its ability to bloom at an early age and more compact habit. Proven Winners Collection.

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My Experience: 

I purchased a 1-gallon plant from Nurseries Caroliniana in May 2010 and planted it in the front garden. It suffered on and off I believe from lack of water, but would put on bursts of growth and bloom every so often through the summer. In autumn 2011 I moved it to the Big Trees and Birds garden where it gets a little shade. It did nothing for a while but started to look good in spring 2013, which was cool and wet even though the winter was long without seriously low temperatures.

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