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Smoketree Cotinus coggygria

Smoketree - Cotinus coggygria
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A multi-stemmed small tree that turns a smoky pink color from June through August. Leaves, too, are showy, turning from medium blue-green to yellow-red-purple in the fall. Good choice for a shrub border or other grouping, adaptable to many soils. Grows to 10' to 15', 12' spread. (zones 5-8)

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Zones 5 - 8 Zones 5 - 8
Hardiness Zones 5 - 8
The Smoketree can be expected to grow in the zones shown in color in the arborday.org zone map. View Map
Ornamental Tree Ornamental Tree
Type of tree
Ornamental Trees
10' - 15' High 10' - 15' High
Mature Height
The Smoketree grows to be 10' - 15' feet in height.
12' Spread 12' Spread
Mature Spread
The Smoketree has a spread of about 12' at full maturity.
Medium Growth Medium Growth
Growth Rate
This tree grows at a medium growth rate. More about this.
Full Sun Full Sun
Sun
This Smoketree does well in full sun.
Various Soils Various Soils
Soil
The Smoketree grows in acidic, alkaline, drought tolerant, loamy, sandy, well drained, wide range, clay soils.
Rounded Shape Rounded Shape
Shape
This Smoketree has rounded shape.
Attributes

The unusual appearance of this species, combined with its tolerance of different growing sites and relative freedom from pests, makes the Smoke Tree a fine addition to both park and home landscapes.

Description

A multi-stemmed small tree that turns a smoky pink color from June through August. Leaves, too, are showy, turning from medium blue-green to yellow-red-purple in the fall. Good choice for a shrub border or other grouping, adaptable to many soils. Grows to 10' to 15', 12' spread. (zones 5-8)

Wildlife Value

The leaves of the Smoketree are browsed by deer and other big game.

History/Lore/Use

The Smoketree is a native of Eurasia and has long been a favorite shrub or small tree for garden plantings or along property lines and the borders of landscaped areas. It was introduced into America as early as 1656 and by 1790 was commonly available in nurseries. It is a species with many names including Smokebush, European Smoketree, Cloud tree, Wig tree, Mist tree, and Jupiter's Beard, all of which allude to its spent floral plumes and airy clusters of seeds which give the tree a hazy, blurry, or feathery appearance.

Moisture

The Smoke Tree has some drought tolerance and can withstand wet conditions.

Leaves

This tree has leaves that alternate on the branches and 1-1/4 to 4 inches long. When crushed, they smell like orange peels. Color varies considerably, both in hue and intensity, particularly in autumn.

Flower Color

The flowers are pink to yellow-pink and are not as notable as the hairs, which turn several shades of smoke-pink, particularly in late summer.

Bloom Time

June -September.

Fruit Description

The fruit is irregular shape, oval, 1/2 inch, brown.