Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens

Super Shrubs

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May Tour 206

Have you visited the Shrub Garden (a.k.a. Arrival Garden) lately?  The Shrub Garden is located just east of the parking lot, and showcases a variety of excellent shrubs for the home landscape.

My favorite is the smokebush, Cotinus coggygria.  Just like its sumac cousin (both in the Anacardiaceae family), smokebush makes a striking specimen plant in almost any home landscape.

The standard variety has green leaves with a white plume flower (It looks like poof of smoke!), while the variety shown above has dark purple leaves with purple-pink plumes.  Shape can be irregular to rounded, and with heights to 10+ feet, smokebush can easily be pruned to form a small tree.  Colored foliage varieties can also be pruned heavily each year to promote young stems with more vibrant colored foliage.

Smokebush grows in full sun and is highly draught tolerant.  Most varieties are known to be deer resistant.

Also in the Shrub Garden right now, check out the blooming hydrangea and fruiting viburnum!

See you in the gardens.

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Written by cedarvalleyarboretum

July 29, 2009 at 12:17 am

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