Old Fashioned™ Smoke Bush PBR

Height and Spread6' tall x 5' wide
Shape and GrowthUpright, broad
Plant TypeDeciduous shrub
FlowerFleeting, bright yellow-green
Bloom TimeSpring
FoliageSpring: Purple flushed new growth; Summer: Blue-gray; Fall: Flourescent pink, orange, and red hues
LightFull sun
SoilMoist, well-drained, soil pH 5.5-7.5
Pruning or ShearingShaping in fall when young
Landscape UsesGarden specimen shrub
PropagationSoftwood cuttings or micro-propagation
Disease ResistanceNo pests or diseases observed to date
Seedling selection out of Continus coggygria by H. Kolster from Boskoop, The Netherlands


– Garden specimen shrub
– Can be trained into a small tree
– Spring – summer are great for cut flowers
– Deer resistant

“I am always on the hunt for easy care shrubs that cope with less than perfect soil, delinquent deer, full sun and only occasional watering. They also have to look fabulous for at least three seasons and – most important – have outstanding foliage. ‘Old Fashioned’ Smoke Bush PBR (Cotinus coggygria ‘Old Fashioned’ PP19035) does all this and much more.

This is no ordinary green leaved plant! The cool blue-green tones blend with every other color in the garden from fiery reds to cool silver. It can be a soothing note amid a riotous color scheme or a specimen in its own right. I planted mine where the evening sun can shine through the foliage adding a unique luminous quality to the garden. Simply breathtaking.”

– Karen Chapman, Author and Speaker, Le jardinet