Wild life and nature of Samos, Ikaria & Fournoi

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Trees & Shrubs

Smoke tree (Cotinus coggygria)

Description

It is a deciduous shrub usually 2-4m tall. It has characteristic green orbicular leaves, which turn into a particular colour, similar to auburn during autumn. Long stalks support the flowers which compose big flossy bunches.

Habitat

This species domains almost every piece of land in Greece, as it is able to grow in both scrubland located at low altitudes.

Protection status

This species is listed as “Least Concern” by the IUCN Red List.

Interesting facts

The Cotinus coggyria is very popular among garden trees, and it easily adapts to dry and infertile soils.

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