Plant types and subtypes: Trees & Shrubs, Shrubs, Trees, Shrub-like Trees, Deciduous
Light Requirements: sun, part-sun
Water Use: low
Soil Moisture: dry
Soil Description: neutral, alkaline, average, poor, loam, clay, sand
Bloom Time: April, May, June
Bloom Color: yellow, purple, pink, green
Leaf Color: green, blue-green
Hardiness Zone: 6, 7, 8
Additional Tags: fall interest, ornamental foliage, rock garden plant
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Cotinus obovatusAlso known as:
Texas smoke tree,
Cotinus obovatus is a small, multi-trunked deciduous tree, or large shrub that rarely grows taller than 30'. The leaves emerge tinged with shades of pink or purple, turning deep-green to blue-green as they mature. The tree produces clusters of yellowish flowers in mid-spring. These are somewhat unremarkable. Not so for the the pinkish, hairy plumes left by the spent flowers. These seem to envelop the entire tree in wispy pink smoke, hence the well deserved common name. It also produces one of the most spectacular fall foliage of the native trees and shrubs.
The American smoketree is very low maintenance and easy to grow in poor environments. Actually, rich soil soil can encourage rapid growth, leading to a weak tree. It tolerates rocky soil and is drought resistant. Do not over-water or over-fertilize. Plant in full to part-sun. Blooms in April to May. Zones 6-8
Easily propagated by softwood, semi-hardwood, root cuttings, or by layering. Can be propagated from seed, but the yield of fertile seeds is low. they may also take two years to germinate.
This a species that thrives under adverse conditions and tough love. Over-watering and over-fertilizing are its two true enemies.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
AL, AR, GA, KY, MO, OK, TN, TX
USDA Endangered Status:
- Special Concern: TN
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