Even the name ‘Velvet Fog’ sounds like a romantic English novel but in fact it is a great flowering shrub, covering the plant with tons of bright pink blooms for weeks during the summer when most shrubs aren’t blooming. And this smokebush has foliage that is equally attractive with a distinctive blue-green color, different from other plants in the landscape. And just wait until fall when it puts on its glorious red mantel of leaves! This Cotinus is always a showstopper and people WILL stop and ask what it is.
Cotinus ‘Velvet Fog’ can be grown as a small tree or a large shrub. It is drought and deer resistant so no worries there. This native plant just needs average soil and average watering to establish it. Since it is an upright plant, this is the perfect focal point in the garden or you can use it as a backdrop for other plants. ‘Velvet Fog’ is a definite thriller in the garden captivating everyone who sees it.
The Velvet Fog® Smokebush Care
Smokebush are very easy to care for. Just a moist well-draining soil and some slow release fertilizer at planting and again in the fall. For best color of flowers and foliage it should be planted in full sun but can tolerate partial shade. It blooms on old wood, so if you choose to prune do it right after blooms are done. However, pruning is not necessary unless you want to control the size of the shrub. You can cut off dead and sick branches at any time of the year to help the appearance of the plants. USDA plant hardiness range is zones 4a to 8b.
Another bonus to ‘Velvet Fog’ is you can use the branches as a filler in a flower arrangement and the flowers as well but the flowers can also be harvested when they are ¾ of the way open. Use them fresh or dried.
The Velvet Fog® Smokebush Spacing
If using ‘Velvet Fog’ as a hedge or border you should plant it at least 6 feet apart from each other for optimal growth.
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Plant Addict Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)
Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.
For information on how to care for you new plant please check out our guide. Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)
Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)
We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.
The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.
For more information, please go to our Shipping & Returns page at the bottom of the website.
Standard Colors: 2-3 business days
Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice
Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations
Time of Order:
- If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.
- We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location
Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.
It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.