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Cultural Details for Cotinus obovatus

Common Name:
American Smoketree; Chittamwood

Growth Rate:

Average Mature Height:

Average Mature Width:

Flower Details:
Large clusters of pink flowers May-June appear to be fuzzy and light, like puffs of smoke. The small flowers are light red when young, darkening to blue-green with age.

Fruit Details:
Its small hard fruit is less than 0.5" in diameter, and usually inconspicuous

Fall Color:
Magnificant yellow, orange, amber, red, and reddish purple fall color.

Bark Details:
Gray-gray brown scaly bark resembling fish scales

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:

Native Habitat:

Other Features:
Some of the best fall color of any small tree, this tree only gets better with age.

Culture and Care:
Full sun, adaptable to many soils (well adapted to Limestone soils), easily transplanted and established

This plant was blooming:
5/17/2010 - 6/3/2010

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:
780, 900

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets.
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database.