Cotinus Color Mix (Smoke Bush) [15 Seeds]

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$3.95

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 hot (but not 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 about 1/8 inch deep in 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 so it can get a natural chilling period. If sowing in January or after, give the pot an artificial chilling period of 2 to 3 months before setting it in 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, including Cotinus coggygria ‘Royal Purple’, with deep purple leaves, and ‘Grace’, a hybrid between C. coggygria and C. obovata with grayish pink new leaves that age to a bronzy to purplish green. I also have ‘Ancot’ (Golden Spirit) growing nearby but didn’t collect seed from it in 2021. I can’t predict what colors you are likely to get from these seeds but assume that at least some of the seedlings will have purplish foliage. Full sun to partial shade. Zones 4 to 8.

Collected in late June and early July 2021. At least 15 seeds.

Please read the germination information as well before ordering.

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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!]
    -Nan

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