Smoke Tree

Arbor walk #75, TreeKeeper ID #2753

This small 10-15-foot tree is best known for the show it puts on annually: smoke trees produce pink to purple hair-like strands that emerge from its flowers each summer, appearing to be a “smoke” that covers the tree. The ‘Ancot’ cultivar has been bred to produce golden-green leaves rather than the traditional green leaves. In fall this tree’s leaves can turn a variety of colors, from amber to scarlet to green. This cultivar grows best in well drained soils because it has a shallow root system. The Smoke Tree is mainly used for decorative purposes, and has no serious disease or insect threats.

Common NameSmoke Tree
Latin NameCotinus coggygria
Indigenous Name(s) 
Cultivar/Variety Ancot
Commercial Name Golden Spirit

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Relationship of Cotinus coggygria to other species in the Arboretum

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