Plant Care Smokebush


About Smokebush

'Royal Purple' smoketree is a large shrub or small tree with a compact growth habit and showy purple leaves in the Anacardiaceae (cashew or poison ivy) family. It was introduced into the United States in 1953, originating in Boskoop, Holland. Planting in a location that provides full sun will lead to the best leaf coloration.


Cotinus coggygria

Also known as

Smoke tree, European smoketree, Eurasian smoketree, Smoke bush and Venetian sumach,

How to care for Smokebush


How often to water your Smokebush

Water needs for Smokebush
0.5 cups
every 9

Smokebush needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Smokebush

Water 0.5 cups every

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Smokebush in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Smokebush: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Smokebush love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Smokebush does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Smokebush in your home 🏡.


How to fertilize Smokebush

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Smokebush: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Smokebush after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Smokebush is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Smokebush



Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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