American Smoketree

Arbor Walk #151

The American Smoketree is a Missouri native tree with fabulous color in the spring and summer, thanks to its smoke-like purple-haired inflorescences. Although limited in range by its preference for dry, chalky soils in the Southern Ozarks and scattered populations elsewhere, the American Smoketree is able to be grown in a variety of conditions. The Eurasian native Smoketree (also known as European Smoketree) is also cultivated; it can be distinguished easily, as its leaves are much more circular than those of the American Smoketree.

Common Name(s)American Smoketree
Latin NameCotinus obovatus
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