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American Smoketree Cotinus

Other Common Name(s):

Other plants called American Smoketree:

Phonetic Spelling
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Description

Smoketree is a flowering deciduous small tree or shrub closely related to the sumac.  It has very colorful, interesting leaves and airy flowers.

Insects, Diseases, and other Plant Problems:  Powdery mildew and verticillium wilt are occasional issues.

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Daydream'
  • 'Golden Spirit'
  • 'Grace'
  • 'Royal Purple'
    Purplish red foliage.
'Daydream', 'Golden Spirit', 'Grace', 'Royal Purple'
Tags:
#small tree#small spaces#drought tolerant#specimen#native tree#deciduous shrub#native shrub#showy leaves#colorful leaves#accent plant#interesting leaves#airy#deer resistant#deciduous tree#clay soils tolerant#native#dry soils tolerant#fall leaf color
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Daydream'
  • 'Golden Spirit'
  • 'Grace'
  • 'Royal Purple'
    Purplish red foliage.
'Daydream', 'Golden Spirit', 'Grace', 'Royal Purple'
Tags:
#small tree#small spaces#drought tolerant#specimen#native tree#deciduous shrub#native shrub#showy leaves#colorful leaves#accent plant#interesting leaves#airy#deer resistant#deciduous tree#clay soils tolerant#native#dry soils tolerant#fall leaf color
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Cotinus
    Species:
    Cotinus
    Family:
    Anacardiaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Layering
    Seed
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Europe, China, East Central and Southeastern U.S.A, Mexico
    Dimensions:
    Height: 10 ft. 0 in. - 15 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 10 ft. 0 in. - 15 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Tree
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Multi-stemmed
    Spreading
    Maintenance:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Occasionally Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    6-feet-12 feet
    12-24 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8b, 8a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Type:
    Drupe
    Fruit Description:
    Each drupe will contain a single seed.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Panicle
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Size:
    > 6 inches
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Feel:
    Smooth
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Orange
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Obovate
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Lawn
    Naturalized Area
    Patio
    Slope/Bank
    Small Space
    Landscape Theme:
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Native Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Border
    Flowering Tree
    Hedge
    Screen/Privacy
    Small groups
    Small Tree
    Specimen
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought
    Dry Soil