We have the below the tree/shrub in our garden and have no idea what it is. If someone could please let me know that will be great as it's lovely but I don't how to manage it.
Thanking you in advance.
It is purple leaved Cotinus [ there is also a lime green one ]
It will have a haze of fawn flowers which ii why it is sometimes called the smoke bush.
They can grow large 2-3 metre by 2-3 metre.
Can prune hard in winter, but then will not get the flowers, but bigger leaves. I like the big leaves so prune mine very hard.
Did not know they could be pruned hard. Loppers at the ready for autumn!
I wouldn't do it at the beginning of winter, I'd leave it til late winter, early spring
Thanks for the identification and the tips on pruning. I quite like the flowers so won't be pruning it too hard but it does need to be shaped so some gentle pruning will commence next early spring.
BecM have a look at this http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/howtogrow/3345300/Smoke-bush-How-to-grow.html lots of advise and pics,we have one the Greeks spell it Kotinus Wild Olive,Cracking looking bush.
It is indeed a lovely tree. Has to be one of my favourites in the garden.