Dusky Maiden Smokebush (Cotinus coggygria Londus’)

Dusky Maiden Smokebush

  • Purple and Burgundy Foliage
  • Compact Size
  • Red and Orange Fall Color

When you’re looking for a bush that will outperform while adding much-needed contrast and excitement to your landscape, you can’t go wrong with the Dusky Maiden Smoke Bush (Cotinus coggygria ‘Londus’). This shrub was bred to perform and dazzle with its rich color and season after season of interest.

As a hybrid of two amazing performers: the Cotinus szechuanensis and Cotinus coggygria ‘Velvet Cloak’, this smoke bush improves on hardiness and coloration. This bush is considered a landscaper’s best-kept secret for its ability to add contrast and drama when paired with greens and chartreuses.

If you’re comparing smoke bushes, it can be difficult to choose the perfect one for your needs. This one is an all-around winner! It’s compact, deeply hued, and winter hardy. You also don’t have to worry about your ‘compact’ smoke bush suddenly sprouting legs and looking stringy and spreading. This compact smoke bush stays compact.

The Dusky Maiden Smoke Bush lives up to its name with red-violet foliage that will deepen with greater sun exposure. These even, ovular leaves feature red highlights along their veins and can shimmer green in the right light.

And like the best smoke bushes, this one erupts with dramatic plumes of pink flowers that resemble clouds of elegant dusky pink smoke in summer. Its dense flower clusters arrive suddenly and cloak this shrub with a halo of rose.

What else does this beauty offer? Astounding fall color! When the temperatures begin to drop, the Dusky Maiden Smoke Bush puts on a show of orange and red foliage that will last and last.

This phenomenal smoke bush is perfect as a container specimen on your patio, porch, or pool deck. It also performs well as a border that will highlight light and bright colors.

To keep this Dusky Maiden happy and growing well, plant it in medium-moisture soil that drains well. This deciduous bush will grow rapidly in full sun and responds well to pruning and moderate trimming.

Don’t let your garden suffer from monotone greens. Add a burst of color with the Dusky Maiden Smoke Bush. With dense foliage and exciting coloration, this shrub is a winner in our books!

Dusky Maiden Smokebush (Cotinus coggygria Londus’) Details

Common name Dusky Maiden Smokebush
Botanical name Cotinus coggygria Londus'
Hardiness zone 5-8
Growth rate Fast
Height 5 ft.
Width 5 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun
Moisture Medium
Soil condition Well Drained
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Flower color Pink
Leaf color Deciduous