Family: Anacardiaceae

Scientific Name: Cotinus coggygria DayDream

Common Name: Daydream Smoke Bush


Daydream Smoke Bush (Cotinus coggygria) is a hardy Smoke Bush that becomes packed with puff pinkish flowers.

Plant TypeShrubs Deciduous
Hardiness Zone5-8
Sunlightfull, tolerates some shade
Soil & Siteaverage, prefers well drained, worst enemy is wet feet
FlowersThe individual flowers are rather ineffective. The ornamental value comes from the hairs that arise from the pedicels and peduncle of the flower forming the puffy effect. DayDream has large brownish pink to maroon panicles.
Leavesgray-green, burgundy and gold in the fall
Dimensions8-10 by 8-10 feet (HS), upright loose spreading, multi stemmed
Maintenanceblooms on older wood, may need little pruning in the early spring or pruning to remove dead branches, can be cut back hard but may take a few years or more to bloom
Native SiteSpecies plant native to southern Europe to central China.
Cultivar OriginNew Port Nursery, Michigan USA
Misc FactsCotinus from the Greek word kotinos, which is Greek for olive and coggygria from kokkugia, the Greek name.
Notes & Reference#01-Manual of Woody Landscape Plants (Michael Dirr) , #144-Missouri Botanical Gardens web site (
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