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Smoke Tree

Cotinus spp.

Also known as

Smoketree, Smoke Bush, Smokewood

Cotinus coggygria 003 by Kor!An (Андрей Корзун) (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size





    • spring
    • summer
    • autumn
    • winter

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    Smoke Tree Overview

    The genus Cotinus contains around 8 species of hardy, deciduous trees and shrubs adapted from warm temperate climates in the Northern Hemisphere. They are grown for their foliage, which displays great autumn colour and their flowers, which are clustered and appear grey and fluffy like a smoke cloud. Hence this genus is commonly termed Smoketree or Smoke Bush. This genus is popular as ornamental garden shrubs and has been cultivated to produce pink flowers and dark purple-black foliage, making for a striking visual display.

    Common problems with Smoke Tree

    How to propagate Smoke Tree


    You can propagate the species by simple layering, softwood or greenwood cuttings in the summer.



    Seeds in the autumn.

    Special features of Smoke Tree

    Attractive leaves

    Attractive flowers

    Other uses of Smoke Tree

    Grown for their foliage, flower heads and autumn colour, also can be used for flower arranging.

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