In our opinion, probably the most spectacular of all the 'smoke trees'. A deciduous, potentially very large shrub preferring sun or some shade, so really not at all fussy, in any decent garden soil that is moist and well drained.
The mid-green rounded leaves turn a gorgeous bright orange-red in the autumn, truly justifying the name 'Flame', whilst the orange-red cloudy flower heads in mid-late summer are as equally impressive.
What we actually enjoy as 'flowers' are in fact minute hairs along the structure of the panicle inflorescence. These small, fibrous hairs are pink and creates the effect of a cloud of smoke, hence the name 'smoke bush'.
Cotinus 'Flame', will grow to a good 3m in height and width and is fully hardy. Definitely a choice plant that is surprisingly rare.