The Main Plant entry for Smoketrees (Cotinus coggygria)

This database entry exists to show plant data and photos that apply generically to all Smoketrees.

Common names:
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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: usually 10 to 15 feet
Plant Spread: 10 to 15 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Flower Time: Summer
Suitable Locations: Patio/Ornamental/Small Tree
Uses: Flowering Tree
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Pollinators: Various insects
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil


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Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on May 3, 2012 7:29 PM

Honey bees get nectar from this plant.

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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on May 31, 2019 11:03 AM

This Common Smoketree or Smokebush is native from southern Europe to central China. The leaves are 1.5 to 3.5 inches long and are rounded, bluish-green and then get some fall color of yellow to red to purple, but often not brilliant. The small 5-petal yellowish flowers are inconspicuous, but the fine plant hairs around the flowers-fruit make a pink smoke in June into August, then turn light brown. The fruit is a tiny kidney-shaped drupe (berry-like). The twigs are purplish-brown, very stout, and emit a sweet kind of fragrance when crushed. There is a good number of different cultivars with red-purple foliage the whole growing season that bear purple smoke hairs. I remember seeing a few of the straight species in the Chicago area in the 1980's in average yards, but there were more of the purple foliaged cultivars as 'Royal Purple' and 'Nordine,' so that this species was and is only occasionally planted in Midwestern and Eastern US landscapes.

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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What shrub/tree is this? by Thatname Dec 21, 2019 1:21 AM 7
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What species is this? 39 (Binomial name please) by NightCrow Jun 17, 2018 2:18 PM 1
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