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Smoke Tree

Smoke Tree

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The smoke tree’s blooms are quite unique. They look just like puffs of smoke emerging from the branches. This tree is so easy to grow… it can basically be planted and forgotten.

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A very unique, small tree that you will surely fall in love with… as an accent in your home landscape, or as a specimen flowering tree. 

My neighbor calls it the Dr. Seuss Tree because it has plumes of purple foliage and furry cloud-like blooms between sections of rugged bark... kind of like those big shaved poodles. 

Smoke Tree gets its name from the way it looks while in bloom. Like an airy cloud of smoke floating atop the pretty leaves. 

This most unusual blooming effect comes from the fluffy heads that hold clusters of very tiny flowers. 

For a touch of something unexpected yet highly ornamental, this is a smart choice for an accent tree. 

Though delicate in appearance, your smoke tree is a tough landscape plant that can tolerate dry conditions. Your Smoke Tree has terrific resistance to insects and other damaging pathogens.

















Growing Zones: 4-8

Mature Height: 10-15 ft.
Mature Width: 12-15 ft.
Sunlight: Full - Partial
Soil Conditions: Adaptable
Drought Tolerance: Good
Botanical Name: Cotinus coggygria 'Royal Purple'
Does not ship to: AZ
Growing Zones 4-8
This plant is generally recommended for zones: 4-8
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It's Easy to Plant your Smoke Tree

Step 1 - Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your Smoke Tree.

First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.

Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.

Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.

Step 2 - Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your Smoke Tree gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.

The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.

Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.

To make it just right, use a level.

Step 3 - Backfill Your Hole

As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.

Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.

Water your Smoke Tree again after the transplant is complete.

To help retain some of that moisture, it's recommended that you place mulch around each plant to a depth of 2"-3" up to but not touching the trunk. Organic mulches such as wood chips also help to better soil structure as they decompose.

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I wanted to replace an overgrown tree so I ordered a baby smoke tree. It was so small on 07 I put it in my garden for safety. I transplanted it last year in 08 and this year it has grown 4 feet at least. It loves it in my yard and the area I placed it in. What a joy it is to watch. I had some flowers in early summer and this August it took off. Holy cow. I love to try new things and this one is wonderful.
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December 31, 2012
We got the tree earlier this year. It was in excellent shape. Right now it is growing a little bit. Sure hope it grows a little fsater. Right now it looks like a shrub, but cute. Will be looking for a faster growing tree and use this as an accent piece in our back yard
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December 31, 2012
1 year ago
We bought this little tiny thing that looked like a small limb that we ordered on line and put in the ground just before winter. That winter we had snow so deep that I thought it would never make it, that was in 2009 and now it is not a tree but a shrub that is about 8 feet tall and full. It is a beautiful piece that changes all the time, it is in the center of our yard in front of the house and we have a light that shines on it at night. It is beautiful but not a tree, but a big shrub we enjoy now in 2013
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December 31, 2012
Have made several unsuccessful attempts with this tree and this one is the first to survive a summer here in the desert. Needs LOTS of water to make it here. Still small and I don't know how it will go through the winter but it is exciting that it has made it this far under tough conditions!
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December 31, 2012
2 years ago
My smoke trees arrived in the fall planting season. So we were on pins and needles waiting till spring to see if they survived. We were very excited to see the first leaves come through. They are growing wonderful, even in our extreme heat we have had lately
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December 31, 2012
2 years ago
I love the way it looks.
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December 31, 2012
3 years ago
We received three trees this spring and two are fine. The smoke tree has not grown a single leaf. While the branches are still supple, the leaves are darkening and looking like the tree is dead. Sad about this! We haven't taken it out after 4 months, but doubt it is alive
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December 31, 2012
1 year ago
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How do you prune a Smoke Tree?
A shopper on Jun 19, 2014
Best Answer: Although I have planted one about a year ago, I haven't had to prune is as I have it under the shade of a much larger (oak) tree. It is growing very slowly as that is what I was looking for and it gets morning sun only. Sorry I couldn't help you. There are a few "How To" sites that might be of help.
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Does this tree come with a gold flower?
A shopper on Jun 24, 2014
Best Answer: I've never seen a gold flower. It has nice purple plumes and this is a very pretty tree. I have 5 trees and they very in size right now. My oldest tree is about 9 years old any only about 7-8 feet tall. It gets a dark purple color and gets the plumes that make it look like smoke hence the smoke tree. I hope this helped
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Are they a messy tree? Do they drop a lot of flowers during their blooming period?
Billy C on Jun 28, 2014
Best Answer: The flowers and petals do drop, but you can prune back the blooms before the wind causes them to drop. The leaves also drop in the fall.
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can this tree survive in a deer neighborhood?
A shopper on Jun 27, 2014
Best Answer: No tree is 100% deer proof or resistant, however deer tend to leave this tree alone. It isn't their first choice. If food is sparse deer will eat any plant. This is one of the better trees to get if you're worried about deer, and you can always use organic deer repellent sprays if you're worried.
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will this tree grow next to a black walnut tree?
A shopper on Jun 26, 2014
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Can I Plant Now?

Yes... Your Smoke Tree can be planted any time of year... even Winter. Roots will continue to grow on warm days, giving your tree a head-start for Spring. 

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Will my Trees and Shrubs Look Like the Photographs?

Most trees and plants on the website are pictured in their mature form. Depending on the product and growth rate, mature development can take years for your plant to resemble the photos.

Picture the last time you took a walk in the woods. The young trees were not miniature bonsai versions of mature trees. Instead they were naturally thin and lanky. Young trees are programmed to race toward the light, before the competing vegetation crowds them out. Once established at 10 feet or more, they start developing a wide canopy and shedding lower limbs.

Potted Tree Dormant Tree Bare Root Tree
Late spring to early fall
trees are shipped potted
Some dormant trees
prefer to be potted
Most dormant trees shipped in the
late fall through spring arrive bare root

Bare Root trees are shipped without dirt or any green foliage showing. Some customers who have never planted bare root before, think that they received a "dead stick" with roots. These dormant trees are basically sleeping over the winter as most trees do. Because of their hibernation-like stage, this is a great way to transplant these trees. Since a bare root tree lacks foliage, they need very little moisture.

Most Trees and Shrubs are Pruned Before Shipping... at No Cost to You

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Pruning makes plants appear to be less-full than the ones you may have seen at your local big box garden center. A retailer's goal is to have plants look their best while sitting in the store. Our goal is to have them look the best after you plant them.

Pruned trees and shrubs not only travel better, but become established much quicker. So rather than supporting extra foliage, they put their energy into sending out deep roots. Once that happens, your plants become hardier and quickly explode with new top growth. Above the ground, pruning helps your plants develop a more attractive form.