SelecTree: Tree Detail
AMERICAN SMOKE TREE
Photo Locations: National Arboretum - Washington, DC and Washington Park Arboretum - Seattle, WA
Utility friendly tree.
Branches droop but resist breakage. Trainable as Standard.
Native to Eastern United States.
Trees may be referred to as male or female.
Additional Common Names
AMERICAN SMOKE TREE, CHITTAMWOOD, TEXAS SMOKE TREE
Has Deciduous foliage.
Height: 20 - 25 feet.
Width: 15 - 25 feet.
Growth Rate: 12 to 24 Inches per Year.
Leaves Oblong, Blue Green to Green, Gold, Orange, Red or Purple, Deciduous.
Flowers Showy. Pink or White. Flowers in Spring. Has either male or female flowers (dioecious). Trees may be sold as male or female.
Pink Drupe, Small (0.25 - 0.50 inches), fruiting in Summer.
Bark Dark Gray to Black, Exfoliating.
Shading Capacity Rated as Dense to Very Dense in Leaf.
Shading Capacity Rated as out of Leaf.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones 2 - 24.
USDA Hardiness Zones 4 - 8.
Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.
Well Drained Soil.
Loam or Sand Texture.
Acidic to Alkaline Soil pH.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.
Special Uses & Values
Specimen, Buffer Strip, Container or Street Tree.
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Cotinus obovatus Tree Record." 1995-2018. Feb 22, 2018.
< https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/cotinus-obovatus >