Common Name: smoke tree
Hardiness Zone: 5 to 8
Height: 15 to 20 ft
Width: 4 to 5 ft
Description: The smoke tree is a unique delight. It features large, fluffy, plume-like stalks with many small flowers, giving the appearance of pink smoke. The leaves are long and blue-green and have highly variable fall colors. Bark takes on a flaky appearance with age.
Cotinus coggygria is a multi-stemmed, deciduous shrub native to central China and Europe. It prefers full sun and well-drained soils. Generally, smoke tree can be grown on a wide variety of soil as long as it is not poorly drained. It can be used in gardens or as a hedge plant either individually or in groups. If blooms are desired, light pruning in early spring may be necessary.