Identity Help

BecMBecM Posts: 9

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.






  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 5,116

    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.

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  • hogweedhogweed Central ScotlandPosts: 2,515

    Did not know they could be pruned hard. Loppers at the ready for autumn!

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,069

    I wouldn't do it at the beginning of winter, I'd leave it til late winter, early spring

  • BecMBecM Posts: 9

    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. 

    Thanks again. 

  • Alan4711Alan4711 Posts: 1,569

    BecM have a look at this  lots of advise and pics,we have one the Greeks spell it Kotinus Wild Olive,Cracking looking bush.

  • BecMBecM Posts: 9

    Thanks Alan.

    It is indeed a lovely tree. Has to be one of my favourites in the garden. image


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