General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Tree
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
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
Unusual foliage color
Deciduous
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Flower Time: Summer
Suitable Locations: Patio/Ornamental/Small Tree
Xeriscapic
Uses: Flowering Tree
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Pollinators: Various insects
Containers: Not suitable for containers
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
Dioecious
Awards and Recognitions: RHS AGM
Other: 2005 Great Plant Picks Award Winner
Child plants: one child plant

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Common names
  • Purple Smoke Tree
  • Smoke Tree
  • European Smoketree
  • Eurasian Smoketree
  • Smoketree
  • Smokebush
  • Venetian Sumach
  • Dyer's Sumach
Also sold as:
  • Kromhout

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Location: My Garden, Utah
Date: 2014-10-26
Fall color
Location: my garden, Utah
Date: 2018-05-20
Location: Oxfordshire, England
Date: 2016-05-20
Location: At a local nursery 
Date: 2023-05-26
Location: South Jordan, Utah, United States
Date: 2019-07-11
Location: my garden, Utah
Date: 2021-11-06
Location: Bea’s garden
Date: 2021
Location: Mid-Missouri, USA
Date: 2020-07-16
Started at 4" this spring, now over 2' and still growing
Location: Bea’s garden
Date: 2021
Location: In my garden
Date: 2014-09-05
Location: Central Pennsylvania
Date: 2021-08-27
Location: Granite Falls, WA
Date: 2018-06-11
Location: Granite Falls, WA
Date: 2018-06-11

Date: 2013-06-03
Location: In my garden, Falls Church, VA
Date: 2017-06-23
Location: In my garden, Falls Church, VA
Date: 2017-06-23
New growth on trunk
Location: IL
Date: 2014-06-18
Location: IL
Date: 2014-07-08
Getting floppy.
Photo by MaryDurtschi
Location: Addison, Illinois
Date: summer in 1987
specimen in a large, diverse nursery
Location: Willamette Valley, Oregon 
Date: 2015-05-09
Location: Bea’s garden
Date: 2023-06-13
Location: South Jordan, Utah, United States
Date: 2021-06-27
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Date: 2019-05-22

Date: 2013-06-03
Location: In my garden, Falls Church, VA
Date: 2017-06-23
Location: Mid-Missouri, USA
Date: 2020-07-12
Juvenile plant - only 20" tall
Photo by plantcollector
Location: Kalama, Wa.
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: Illinois, US
Date: 2016-08-23
Right side leaves all dying and crispy, possibly from a boring be
Location: Bea’s garden
Date: 2023-06-13
Location: My Garden London, England.
Date: 2014-09-28
Photo by Anderwood
Location: Denver Metro, CO
Date: Spring 2007
Baby Smoke tree
Location: my front yard just north of Atlanta GA.  Full sun, southwestern exposure
Date: 2013-04-13
Location: IL
Date: 2011-10-10
Before fall planting.
Location: IL
Date: 2016-04-04
My attempt at coppicing the floppy beast.
Location: IL
Date: 2016-07-15
After coppicing attempt, then more flopping, and hacking back a 2
Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5b
Date: 2012-04-19
Location: Concord, NC zone 7
Date: 2016-03-17
Planted 2015.  Budding leaves glow red in sunlight.  Beautiful.
Location: My backyard in Allentown, PA
Date: 1 June 2013
Smoke bush flower on 1 June 2013.
Location: In my garden
Date: 2015-03-13

Photo courtesy of Singing Tree Gardens Nursery
  • Uploaded by Joy

Photo courtesy of Singing Tree Gardens Nursery
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: Mount Bethel, PA
Date: 2011-06-10
We have one on either side of the driveway next to Kousa Dogwood.
Location: Chuelles, France
Date: 2016-05-16
Photo by plantcollector
Location: my front yard just north of Atlanta GA.  Full sun, southwestern exposure
Date: 2013-04-13
Location: Gainesboro, TN
Date: 2008-09-09
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Comments:
  • Posted by Skiekitty (Denver Metro - Zone 5a) on Jan 26, 2012 9:55 AM concerning plant:
    This is an extremely hardy plant. My dog broke this plant completely to the ground & by the next spring, it was over 6' tall. Very leggy & ununiform growth however.
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