American Smoketree (Cotinus obovatus)

Common names:
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Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Plant Height: 20-30 feet
Plant Spread: 20-30 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Green
Other: Yellowish-green
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Uses: Flowering Tree
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

Smoke tree started from a seedling

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Posted by Sharon (Calvert City, KY - Zone 7a) on Sep 25, 2011 8:59 PM

The blooms appear in early summer and have a faint hint of pink. The pink lasts for weeks and then it fades leaving the smoky look until fall. The foliage is glossy dark green, with a leather-like texture. It is a slow grower and doesn't get very tall.

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Posted by LindaTX8 (Medina Co., TX - Zone 8a) on Nov 22, 2011 4:19 PM

This tree has grown more slowly than most trees around here. And of course, it's a fairly small tree even when mature. Love the blooming tree, also the fall color is nice in fall.

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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Nov 29, 2017 4:41 PM

The American Smoketree was found in the wild in only three spots in the South. The biggest area is north Arkansas & southcentral Missouri & northeast Oklahoma, a spot in southcentral Texas, and a spot in northeast Alabama and a little over into Tennessee. I've never seen this native species grown in landscapes in the Midwest or Mid-Atlantic or Northeast Regions of the US. The Common Smoketree from Eurasia is occasionally grown in northern Landscapes and sold in large, diverse nurseries, especially the cultivars with purple foliage. With both species, the real flowers are tiny and yellowish; it is the long hairs around the flower clusters that gives the show.

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