‘Royal Purple’ is a compact, purple-leaved smokebush. Upright, loose-spreading, and multi-stemmed shrub covered in tiny yellowish flowers which open in 6-8″ long panicles in spring followed by billowy hairs of the spent flower clusters which turn a smoky pink to purplish pink in late spring covering the plant with fluffy, hazy, smoke-like clouds throughout summer. The deep maroon-purple foliage distinguishes ‘Royal Purple’. Cotinus is closely related to the sumacs (Rhus). ‘Royal Purple’ originated in Holland and was introduced into the U.S. in 1953.
‘Royal Purple’ smokebush (smoketree)
Cotinus coggygria 'Royal Purple'