Common Name: smoke tree
Type: Deciduous shrub or tree
Size: 12 to 15 feet high and wide; can reach 25 feet.
Flowers: Small greenish fading flowers create stalks (panicles) that form pink “smoke”, spring, summer; purple 1.5 – 3 in. leaves turn bright red-orange in winter.
Uses: Color accent, rock garden, background, screen; resists oak root fungus. Tolerates heat. Fire resistive.
Wildlife: Attracts bees. Deer resistive.
Soil: Plants do well in poor or rocky soil. Be sure soil is well-drained.
Water: Medium in fast-draining soil. Too much causes root rot.
Sun: Full sun to some shade.
Pruning: Do not prune for first five years. Needs pruning to keep neat. Naturally multistemmed and urn-shaped, but can be trained as tree.
Pests & Diseases: Resists oak root fungus. Watch for verticillium wilt.
Notes: Leaves of species are bluish green. All Cotinus coggygria leaves turn colors in fall ranging from yellow to orange red. C. coggygria ‘Royal Purple’ is another purple beauty. Hardy to 0° F.