Cotinus 'Ruby Glow'
- available to order from autumn
- 3 litre pot
This shrub is deciduous so it will lose all its leaves in autumn, then fresh new foliage appears again each spring.
- Position: full sun
- Soil: moderately fertile, moist, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: July to August
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Bred by Hilliers, this fab form stands out from the crowd with its compact habit and abundance of fluffy pink flowers, which virtually smother the plant from midsummer. The autumn foliage colour is also said to be even more vibrant than many of the other smoke bushes too, so you can expect a pretty dazzling display! Even in spring, when the new foliage emerges with a pinkish bronze flush, it will earn its place in the mixed or shrub border.
- Garden care: In late winter or early spring remove any misplaced, diseased or crossing branches. Alternatively, to produce larger leaves, cut the stems back hard to within two or three buds of the base in early spring. After pruning apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure around the base of the plant.