Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Moving a Cotinus coggygria 'Royal Purple' Smoke tree - 8 months later

Cotinus coggygria 'Royal Purple' Oct 2012
Last fall I moved this Cotinus coggygria 'Royal Purple' Smoke tree from the place in Vancouver to the place in Battleground.  The tree/shrub was about 8 feet tall.  I pruned it to about 5 feet tall.  It was in a compost-rich bed immediately North of the house, so little sunlight.

In the new location, the tree is in much brighter, full sun for much of the day.  The soil is heavier, and has not been given as much compost.  I did give it a compost mulch.  New branches grew from the tips of the pruned branches, and the tree bloomed this spring.  Growth is less, internode space less, leaves smaller and darker burgundy, than before.  It looks settled in the new location.

It will need occasional water during the dry season this year.   I'm happy with this outcome.

Cotinus coggygria 'Royal Purple' June 2013

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