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  • For a burgundy tree, use a 'Royal Purple' smoketree, Cotinus coggyria, or in a protected site, 'Forest Pansy' redbud.

    Archive 2008-02-01

  • From 2,000 m to 2,400 m, the loess soils of the dry valley bottoms used to be farmed and the slopes have suffered many fires The original Chinese hemlock of the north slopes has been almost replaced by a secondary forest of pine and oak: Chinese red pine Pinus tabulaeformis with an oriental white oak Quercus aliena and Q. baronii understorey, smoketree Cotinus coggyria being dominant on south-facing slopes, and Rhododendron micranthum on cool slopes.

    Jiuzhaigou Valley Scenic and Historic Interest Area, China


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  • Smoketrees, particularly Cotinus coggygria, are popular garden shrubs. Several bronze or purple-leaved cultivars of Cotinus coggygria have been selected, with warm pink inflorescences set against purple-black foliage; the commonest in commerce are 'Notcutt's Variety' and 'Royal Purple'. When brought into cultivation together, the two species will form hybrids; some garden cultivars are of this parentage.

    Also called purple smoketree

    February 18, 2008