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What will happen to my Cotinus?!

Hi I'm new to gardening and thought, being Autumn I would tidy up our over grown Cotinus or purple smoke bush ready for winter. I've cut it back so the branches are 30cms from the stem. I'm used to seeing my Mum pruning roses and treated it the same. My boyfriend now tells me I've most likely killed it! Looking on-line a hard pruning is ok but normally done in the spring. By doing it in mid October have I ruined a lovely looking bush. Feeling quite bad about this so hoping next spring I'll have a pretty bush again. Any advise on its chances would be appreciated. Thanks, Rebecca.


  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,802

    Seeing as you have asked the question twice-relax- they are tough bushes and respond well to hard pruning-you are unlikely to have killed it

    Chances are it will survive and flourish

  • Oh good! Thank you!
  • Great thanks.
  • BookertooBookertoo Posts: 1,306

    It will survive well, mine gets cut back this month. If very hard you may not get 'smoke' next year, the year I did that I loved it as the colour of the leaves was stunning.  This year it did have smoko, and is now ready for the chop.  There is a good RHS book on pruning,  you might get it from your public library? Takes all the mystique out of it tetty well.

  • Ok thanks - think I need to invest in a guide book or two! Glad you think it will be fine! Phew! Was feeling a bit guilty! Cheers.
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