Cotinus obovatus

American Smokebush

Categories: Shrubs

Smoketree gets its common name not from the 6-10" flower clusters (tiny, insignificant, dioecious, yellowish-green flowers) which bloom in June, but from the billowy hairs (attached to elongated stalks on the spent flower clusters) which turn a smoky pink to purplish pink in summer, thus covering the tree with fluffy, hazy, smoke-like puffs.

More About Cotinus obovatus

  • a native plant to much of northern US
  • flowers are unique "smokes"

Stunning autumn color. Its flaming fall foliage rivals that of Sugar Maple. Thrives in rocky, dry areas where other trees languish.

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12-25 ft


10-15 ft

Hardiness Zone:

(4) 5-8

Cotinus obovatus Characteristics


  • Fragrant
  • Unique Foliage/Foliage Color
  • Mass Plant
  • Hedging
  • Specimen
  • Screening/Hedge

Critter Resistance

  • Deer Resistant
  • Rabbit Resistant


  • Part Sun/Part Shade
  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
  • Does best in full sun

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Rapid

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Summer

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • All Season

Soil Moisture Needs

  • Tolerates most soils
  • Average

Flower Color

  • Rose


  • Spreading
  • Irregular