Smoke Tree
Cotinus 'Grace'

Family: Anacardiaceae (an-a-kard-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cotinus (ko-TYE-nus) (Info)
Cultivar: Grace
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Category:

Trees

Height:

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

Spacing:

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Pink

Purple

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Deciduous

Burgundy

Dark/Black

Good Fall Color

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From softwood cuttings

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Denver, Colorado

Marietta, Georgia

Boise, Idaho

Aurora, Illinois

Oak Park, Illinois

Saint Charles, Illinois

Mechanicsville, Maryland

Kasota, Minnesota

Elba, New York

New Bern, North Carolina

Eastlake, Ohio

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Arlington, Tennessee

Austin, Texas

Lexington, Virginia

Brady, Washington

Bremerton, Washington

Kalama, Washington

Olympia, Washington

Seattle, Washington

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:

2
positives
0
neutrals
0
negatives
RatingContent
Positive

On Jun 11, 2013, BoPo from Milwaukee, WI (Zone 5b) wrote:

I'm giving this a positive because she grows well and is very attractive in summer. In fact, she grows so well she will tower 15 feet tall in a matter of a few years, and I had her trimmed up from a 3 feet shrub to a multi stemmed tree in later years.

I would call the growth habit irregular - good luck pruning to find the "shape" you want. She just keeps growing and growing and growing and you will be pruning a lot if you are looking to achieve a specific shape. I pruned her up into a tree form in a matter of a few years, so don't be afraid to prune away - she responds beautifully.

With that said, she's more an informal planting and you can try to control her growth habit with proper pruning techniques and practice various pruning angles, but it is an und... read more

Positive

On May 27, 2013, LakeLivingRos from SeaTac, WA (Zone 8a) wrote:

There are two of these at my work, and I looked forever to find one for my own garden. They have a beautiful burgundy color most of the year. The blooms are very unique compared to most plants you see here in the PNW for shrubs/trees. I will admit, they are ugly sticks for about 2 months during the winter season, but from the ones at work the leaves stay on for a long time (one of the last to lose leaves from what I can tell). The trees at work are never watered, and seem to thrive very well despite absolutely no maintenance whatsoever in the last 10 years.. I finally found one at Lowes for $14, and am excited to plant it. If you don't mind a very ugly stick for 2 months of the year, it is really worth the pretty foilage and blooms the rest of the year (at least in the PNW!). I woul... read more