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Can I have a Cotinus coggygria 'royal purple' in my tiny garden by having a grafted plant (half standard I think they call it). Sorry - this probably sounds stupid but I'm an absolute beginner - any help/advice would be appreciated.

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  • Posted: Sat. 25th February 2012 13:16

Re: Beginner query

Reply from ELAINE HUTSON

Any plant that is grown for foliage or stem colour can be coppiced in February, this means cutting it down to 10 to 12 inches every year, this allows you to have the plant you want and contain it in a small garden.

  • Posted: Sat. 25th February 2012 16:23

Re: Beginner query

Reply from Angie Robertson

I have 2 cotinus in my garden and was advised that 'coppicing' or pruning would keep them to the size I require. There have been a couple of smaller cotinus introduced to the market in the last few years. They may be worth considering for your smaller garden.
Hope this helps.
Angie

  • Posted: Sat. 25th February 2012 19:53

Re: Beginner query

Reply from sharon parfett

If this is a half standard, you should not cut back the main stem (trunk); just the top branches to just above the first or second bud. You can cut back any shoots that look untidy later in the year anyway, so yes would be good in a small garden if carefully placed.

  • Posted: Sun. 26th February 2012 07:11