|We bought a Smoke Tree last year; first one I've owned. It's in bloom & looking beautiful, but my ? is.. Am I supposed to take the fuzzy bloom off later on or leave it on all year and let it fall off with the leaves? It's really stunning right now and still looks good. Just wondering how to take care of it. Thanks, Claudia Jones
|Answer from NGA
June 30, 2010
|Most plants grow more quickly in youth, so it would not be unusual to expect about two feet of growth a year from a young plant if it is well cared for. Your Smoketree will adapt to average soil but will thrive in moist, well-drained soil and all day sunshine. The flower is actually ineffective and about 1/8" in diameter around the month of June; However the real show occurs as a result of the hairs (pubescence) on the pedicels and peduncle of the loarge 6 to 8" long and wide panicles; the hairs often pass througgh several color changes but at their best are a smoky pink effective from June into August / sometimes September. I suggest pruning these off in September.
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