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Cotinus coggygria 'Velvet Cloak'

Family: Anacardiaceae (an-a-kard-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cotinus (ko-TYE-nus) (Info)
Species: coggygria (kog-GY-gree-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Velvet Cloak

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10 members have or want this plant for trade.


10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Seed is poisonous if ingested
Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction
Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer

Good Fall Color

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From softwood cuttings
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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1 positive
No neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative joepic On Jun 21, 2012, joepic from Industry, PA wrote:

I planted the tree in 2010 and I have not seen any type of flowering or plumes since then

Positive dima On May 23, 2012, dima from Berlin
Germany wrote:

Have a Velvet Cloak near the terrasse since more than 10 years. Could it be that it does distant gnats and flies ?
It seems so.
Interested to hear similar experiance!.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Anniston, Alabama
Gurley, Alabama
Paradise, California
Ridgecrest, California
Marietta, Georgia
Aurora, Illinois
West Chicago, Illinois
Winnetka, Illinois
Indianapolis, Indiana
Birmingham, Michigan
Cedarville, Michigan
Columbus, Ohio
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Industry, Pennsylvania
Kintnersville, Pennsylvania
East Greenwich, Rhode Island
Tremonton, Utah
Manassas, Virginia
Williamsburg, Virginia
Ames Lake, Washington
Bremerton, Washington

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