Cotinus are deciduous shrubs more commonly known as the Smoke Bush. They are grown for their broad green or purple leaves which take on a beautiful orange colour in the Autumn. Cotinus bear plume like panicles of small fruits which appear in late summer together with small flowers producing a 'smoke like' appearance. Cotinus are perfect for a shrub border and are particularly effective during the autumn when planted as a specimen shrub. They are fully hardy and prefer a fertile, well-drained soil in full or partial shade. To prune, cut back in early Spring to remove misplaced or crossing shoots.