How to grow Smoke Bush | Nature Bring

How to grow Smoke Bush | Nature Bring

How to grow Smoke Bush | Nature Bring

By: Ram Chandra Bhatia                   Date: 02.02.2017

Smoke tree or smoke bush is the genus of two flower species in the family of Anacardiaceae. It is closely related from sumacs. Smoke tree in the wooded hills of the Mediterranean is the origin. For this reason, its name is Smoke Tree. It blooms in clumps and which blooms in shades of pink and cream-colored look that resembles cigarette smoke. If you are willing to do something different in your garden you can try smoke bush. You bring in a new idea, in the beginning of spring in your landscape include smoke bush. Egg-shaped leaves of the plant are purple, which they come fall, yellow, orange and red seem to be changed.

These unusual decorative leaves are the highlight of the season. Fantastic fall season violet color, red, yellow, orange blossoms, depending on the different species.

In the beginning, as the small and big green flower clusters bloom faded. The flower stalk is long and mid-summer it is like a cloud of purple and pink hair. Its common name is a smoke bush or smoke tree. It is very easy to survive with other perennial plants, so you can insert it in your landscape. It is about 10 to 12 feet high and redeemed. But sometimes it is 20 feet high. It is hardy in Zones 5-9.

*Bloom notes: flowers change from yellow to pink /purple depends on age.

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Scientific name                     Cotinus

Common name                     smoke bush or smoke tree

Plant  type                            Tree, Shrub

Sun                                         Full Sun, Part Sun

Flower color                          Pink, Yellow, purple

Water                                     Medium

Bloom time                            April and may

Height                                    8-20 feet

Zones                                     5-9 zones.


  • Choose a location where direct sunlight falls fully on. The well-Drained Soil and require well-drained soils. Be the place where the plantation must be between pH 3.7 and 6.8. The compost added to the soil to be put in that 10 to 20%.
  • According to the root ball of the smoke, tree planting digs the hole twice as deep, so that the top of the root ball should be level with the ground throughout.
  • Remove the container from the smoke tree, loosen the roots outside by hand, so it spreads very easily.
  • Keep the plant root ball in the planting hole, half fill the hole with soil. Fill the remaining hole firmly. Construction of the ring of soil around the root ball, to keep away water from the plant.
  • Add two to three inches mulch around the plants base, save for near the trunk the roots rot could be otherwise. Water the tree well then quit.
  • Smoke tree is not set until the water must be given every 2 weeks.

Growing condition:

  • The smoke tree prefers full sun but will tolerate partial shade. the smoke tree can grow very easily, it is very drought resistant. Focal Point it to create a tree is enough. These plants because of its colorful background landscape, bringing vibrancy.
  • Water the plants after transplanting to be established.
  • Organic food must provide in the spring, especially in the first and second years.
  • But the smoke tree does not like rich soil, note the sharp decline over fertilizer you cannot find the color, and the plant will not grow well.
  • If the smoke tree has been planted on the edge of the fence, Do not water and fertilize the grass was around so highly.The bushes grow in the fall and winter are damaged.
  • Leaf development at the expense of flowers harvested in the late spring season. Continue uphill harvesting is essential for plant growth.


Find this plant by sowing in autumn, spring in the layer season and summer season you can plant by soft woodcutting. Some seeds are formed immediately. These seeds can be sown immediately after collection. propagation of smoke tree root, stem cutting, or is made by layering. Collect seed dispersal before the wind, assemble before panicle late April. To transplant the plant out in the autumn.

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  • Smoke Bush tolerate dry soil, but regular watering encourages healthy development of the bush.
  • If regular water when given the growing season in spring and summer to keep the soil moist and soggy, excessive water would be required. Mulching will help conserve the soil moisture 2-inch layer.
  • Once the plant is established, it should not over-water.
  • To get the best smoky plumes light it requires full sun. Though it tolerates partial shade, you will not find different colored leaves and much smoke.
  • Late winter or early spring pruning is in the dormant season bush appeared in good shape.
  • This tree grows in a large space, so be sure to choose to place it in the garden before planting.
  • The plant leaf spring comes late in the season and comes in great colors in the autumn season.


  • Healthy smoke bush is the result of moderately fertile soil.
  • Basic annual fertilizer usually adequate nutrition for Bush’s Social Landscape.
  • Usually, require nitrogen for growth in the bushes. For example, it is suitable for Frtilaijhr 18-6-12. 18% nitrogen, 12% phosphorous and potassium 6%.


  • The smoke tree the leave turned leave edges yellow and wilt, verticillium then be responsible for it. Dark streaks in the sapwood become the fungus disease. Cut the infected area immediately.
  • Leaf spot disease is usually caused by fungal infection. It is harmfull for smoke bush. It having do not proper soil drainage is caused. Pruning immediate infect area.
  • Due to Nutrient Deficiencies, the leaves of the smoke tree is fading.

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