Cotinus Coggygria Royal Purple - how fast does it grow?

I'm wondering where to place this plant in my border.  It's 18" tall at the moment, and looks fabulous against my CGS "Willow" fence.  I want it to be seen while it's still small, but does that mean that I need to have really titchy plants in front of it while it grows?  Or should i plant taller stuff and accept the fact that the Cotinus will be hidden till it gets bigger?  How fast does it grow?

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  • little-annlittle-ann Posts: 879

    not very fast at all

  • little-annlittle-ann Posts: 879

    do you mean cotinus or cornus verdun i have never knowned cotinus to be cut back other than the dead flower spikes in spring

  • XX Posts: 707

    I have the same plant happycottontail and once it gets going it races away, I cut mine down to about a foot every other year and it easily reaches 5-6 ft by mid summer, you do sacrifice the flowers in the year that its cut down though.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,225

    Mine struggled for a couple of years then died. I never had anything much to cut back

  • little-annlittle-ann Posts: 879

    thanks i will try that

  • Thanks fo all the replies - very useful. CC now planted  image

  • Can you cut Cotiunus hard back after flowering to keep it smallish but not sacrifice flowering?

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