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AMERICAN SMOKE TREE
Cotinus obovatus

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Photo Locations: National Arboretum - Washington, DC and Washington Park Arboretum - Seattle, WA

General Notes

Utility Friendly Tree 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.

Family: Anacardiaceae

Additional Common Names

AMERICAN SMOKE TREE, CHITTAMWOOD, TEXAS SMOKE TREE

Tree Characteristics

Rounded Shape.

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 >

This tree is not part of the SelecTree Nursery Connection. If you would like to see this tree listed, or know of a nursery that sells it, please contact us at ufei@calpoly.edu.