A most beautiful addition to any garden. The original Cotinus coggygria was introduced to the Uk around 1665 from the far east. Dusky Maiden is a recent introduction and was raised in Hampshire in 2009 as a cross between Cotinus c. Velvet Cloak and Cotinus szechuanensisis. A lovely, very compact form with undulating, small purple leaves. Its attraction is not limited to the colour of its foliage. In June and July vast numbers of tiny fawn coloured flowers on purple stems are produced in large plumes. Later they turn a light grey giving the appreance, especially when viewed with the sun behind them, of a cloud of smoke, hence the common name of Smoke Bush. In autumn the leaves turn superb hues of orange and red. Dusky Maiden will also make an excellent quality hedge and an be clipped into shape without harm. If you like to keep your hedge well manicured all year then this will be at the expense of the flowers! Easy to grow in most soils including chalky ones in full sun or semi shade. Leaf colour is best in full sun. This plant can be used in a mixed planting or as a stand alone specimen in the garden or a container. If planting in a pot or continer use a good quality John Innes compost to which we recommend you add an 8-9 month duration controlled release fertiliser annuallytot ensure sufficent nutirents.