Native Plant Database

Header Photo: Mervin Wallace

American Smoketree

Cotinus obovatus
Plant Type: Trees
Native Environment: Glade
Season of Interest: Late (July - frost)
Main Color:
Fall Color: Purple, Red
Hardy From Zone:
Hardy To Zone:

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Hardiness Zones

Midwest map of zones 5 (north), 6, and 7 (south)

as defined by the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map; (hardiness zones are not recorded for all Grow Native! plants)
Sun Exposure 
Full Sun, Medium Sun/Average Shade
Soil
Moisture
Dry, Moderate
Nature Attracting
Wildlife Benefit
Cover, Nesting
Animal
Resistance
Size

Height:

8 to
30
feet

Spread:

12 to
20
feet
Size
Height: 8 to
30
feet
Spread: 12 to
20
feet
Size
Height: 8 to
30
feet
Spread: 12 to
20
feet
Typical Landscape Use
Yellow to orange dye can be extracted from inner bark.Use in borders or groupings.Excellent fall color!
Establishment and Care Instructions
Prefers a sunny, well drained site, tolerant of limestone soils. May require pruning to attain tree form.
Special Features
Special Usage
Basic Description

Considered a small tree or a large shrub. Rounded bluish to dark green leaves that turn a spectacular mix of yellow,orange and amber to red and burgundy in fall. Huge pale green clusters of flowerheads with silken hairs, up to 12″ across, form the appearance of “smoke” in late spring. Bark is an attractive gray-brown and scaly when mature. Our native Smoketree is much better and easier to grow than its Asian cousins that are more often seen in the trade.

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