avoid invasive plants Saltcedar Alternative: Smoke Bush (Cotinus coggygria)
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Saltcedar Alternative: Smoke Bush

(Cotinus coggygria)

Why it's a standout: In summer, a lather of rosy flowers tops this 15-foot-tall shrub; in fall, its leaves turn bright shades of red and orange. For a purple-leaved variety, try 'Royal Purple' or the hybrid 'Grace.'
What it needs: Full sun; average to dry, well-drained soil
Zones: 5 to 9
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