American Smoke Tree (Cotinus obovatus)
Smoke Tree (Cotinus obovatus)

American Smoke Tree (Cotinus obovatus)

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Binomial

Cotinus obovatus

American smoke tree is a small tree or large shrub and displays some of the showiest fall colors from yellow to red to purple. From a distance, the spent flowers give the tree a "smoky" appearance.


Smoke tree is a drought tolerant plant that will do best in sunny, well-drained areas. Too much water or rich soil will be detrimental. It naturally grows on glades or bluffs.

Uses: Fall color, deer resistant, drought tolerant, shrubby borders
Bloom time: May

Height: 20 to 30 feet
Space: 15 to 30 feet

Sun: Full sun to light shade
Moisture: Dry to average

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