Cotinus coggygria Golden Spirit™
Golden Spirit Smoketree
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon:
- Deciduous shrub, dense, to about 8 ft (2.4 m) tall, may spread to 15 ft (4.5 m), can be trimmed to a hedge of 6 ft (1.8 m). Leaves bright lime-green when young, more green and yellow in summer, and then turn orange-red in fall. Some uncertainty as to its flowering capability. The plant patent (PP13,082) states that over more than a 4 year period, no flowering has been observed by the inventor to date. Reportedly, however, several nurseries claim that Golden Spirit ™ regularly produces the usual tiny yellow flowers in spring and characteristic "smoky" summer clusters that appear on most other smoketree cultivars (Missouri Bot. Garden).
- Sun or part shade. The leaves reportedly do not scorch in direct sunlight unless the soil becomes exceptionally dry.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 5 Found in 1990 at the Dutch Nursery of Willem A Sanders.
- Silverton, Oregon: The Oregon Garden.