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A picture of a American Smoke Tree

American Smoke Tree

Cotinus obovatus

Also known as

Chittamwood, Sumach

Cotinus-obovatus-foliage by Sten Porse (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Light watering
Frost Hardy

H6

RHS hardiness

-20°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

8m

Max

8m

4m

Min

4m

20 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

More images of American Smoke Tree

A large green Cotinus obovatus plant
A close up of an American Smoketree Cotinus obovatus
A photo of American Smoke Tree

American Smoke Tree Overview

American Smoketree, Cotinus obovatus is a large deciduous shrub from the Anacardiaceae family. It produces rounded foliage that displays nice colouration, changing from purple-pink during development to green at maturity and then various shades of red, orange and purple during autumn. Small, pink flowers are produced in abundant, feathery, smoke-like sprays.

Common problems with American Smoke Tree

How to propagate American Smoke Tree

Cuttings

You can propagate by semi-ripe cuttings in summer, by seed in autumn. Root cuttings in the winter.

Seed

Other uses of American Smoke Tree

Grown for their divided, ash-like foliage, autumn colour and, in some species, showy fruit clusters.