A feast for the eyes from spring through autumn!

Winecraft Black® is the first Proven Winners smokebush, so you know it must be special. In spring, round leaves emerge rich purple but as summer’s heat comes on, they turn a deep near-black tone and finally light up in an array of reds and oranges in fall. In early summer, large, soft panicles of bloom appear that become the misty “smoke” that makes this such a popular landscape plant. Unlike other smokebush, it naturally has a rounded, dwarf habit which means that finally, every landscape has room for this unique plant.

Top three reasons to grow Winecraft Black smokebush:

1. Color and interest from spring through frost.

2. No pruning or special maintenance required.

3. Dwarf habit makes it easy to use with any sized home or yard.

Foliage Interest
Fall Interest
Deadheading Not Necessary


Duration: Shrub
Shrub Type: Deciduous
Height Category: Medium
Garden Height: 48 – 72 Inches
Spacing: 60 – 84 Inches
Spread: 48 – 72 Inches
Flower Colors: Pink
Flower Colors: Red
Foliage Colors: Black
Foliage Colors: Purple
Foliage Shade: Purple changing to near-black
Habit: Upright
Container Role: Thriller

Plant Needs

Light Requirement: Sun
Maintenance Category: Easy
Blooms On: New Wood
Bloom Time: Early Summer
Hardiness Zones: 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
Heat Zones: 8
Water Category: Average
Soil Fertility Requirement: Average Soil
Uses: Border Plant
Uses: Landscape
Uses: Specimen or Focal Point
Uses Notes: Smokebush makes a striking specimen, but is also effective as a low hedge or mass planting.
Maintenance Notes:

Winecraft Black smokebush is very easy to care for and requires little to nothing in the way of regular maintenance. Plant in full sun for best color and flowering. Pruning will rarely be required but may be done in spring.

Fun Facts:

It isn’t technically the flowers that create the hazy, smoke-like effect this plant is so loved for – it’s the seedpods that form after the flowers have faded.

Winecraft Black® Cotinus coggygria ‘NCCO1’ USPPAF, Can PBRAF