Cotinus Color Mix (Smoke Bush) [15 Seeds]

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Germination Information: I recommend these seeds for experienced seed-starters only, because they are apparently very challenging to start and may require patience and experimentation. Some sources recommend pouring near-boiling water over the seeds and letting them soak for a day or two before sowing to help to soften the hard seed coat. Then, sow into a pot of moist growing medium. If you’re sowing in fall to early winter, set the pot outdoors in a spot protected from mice. If sowing in January or after, put the pot in a plastic bag and refrigerate it for 60 to 90 days before moving it to a warm place.

Some other sources that these seeds benefit from a 3-month warm-moist period before the cold-moist period. I’d suggest trying the above chilling approach first. Then, if no seedlings appear the first summer, leave the pot outside through the fall and winter and hope for seedlings the following summer.

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Smoke tree, or smoke bush, is a deciduous, large shrub or small tree typically 15 to 25 feet tall, with roughly oval leaves and airy, hairy inflorescences that create the “smoke” effect in summer.

I grow several selections here at Hayefield: Cotinus coggygria ‘Royal Purple’, with deep purple leaves; C. coggygria Golden Spirit (‘Ancot’), with bright yellow leaves; and ‘Grace’, a hybrid between C. coggygria and C. obovata with grayish pink new leaves that age to a bronzy to purplish green. They don’t set much seed, but I did get some from each this past year and thought it might be interesting to offer them to other adventurous seed-starters. I can’t predict what colors you are likely to get in the seedlings. Full sun to partial shade. Zones 4 to 8.

2020-collected seeds sold out. I didn’t collect seeds of ‘Ancot’ (Golden Spirit) in 2021 but will offer a combination of ‘Grace’ and ‘Royal Purple’ in a separate listing in late summer or early fall of 2021. At least 15 seeds.

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1 review for Cotinus Color Mix (Smoke Bush) [15 Seeds]

  1. Janet K. (verified owner)

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    gonna try again

    Hi Janet. I sent you a refund for the seeds. Could you tell me why they didn’t work out for you: Did they not germinate, or did something happen to them after that? [Edit: I’m glad we were able to connect, Janet. Sounds like you had good germination results with most of the seeds your ordered but had some challenges after that. I’m glad you are planning to try again!]

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