Amazing Smoke Trees In Your Yard
Growing smoke trees is something people do to make great looking shrub borders or even just as a pretty patio or accent tree in a front yard garden. Sometimes known as a smoke bush or by its Latin name Cotinus coggygria, the smoke tree is among the types of trees specifically planted for ornamental benefit. It is on the medium end of the size scale, generally growing 10 feet (approximately 3 meters) to 15 feet (about 4.6 meters) in height. Its spread can encompass as much as 12 feet (roughly 3.7 meters) around. Because of its manageable size and unique beauty, smoke trees are a popular choice for borders and gardens. The leaves of the smoke tree are just as distinctive as the flowers. The leaves are oval-shaped and can grow up to 4 inches (about 10.2 cm) in length. In the early spring months, the leaves take on a turquoise hue before turning deep purple, during the summer. By fall, the leaves become fiery shades of orange, yellow, purple, and red, and can stay on the branches long after other trees have lost their foliage. The leaves have bold red veins and are trimmed in scarlet tones.
Proper care is essential for garden trees to maintain their luster and shape. The smoke tree enjoys full sunlight, moist soil, and requires composting in the fall. If the tree is being utilized as a large shrub, it should be pruned once in the spring by trimming the stems to approximately three buds from the base. If it is being grown as a tree, stems growing haphazardly should be removed in late winter or early spring to ensure the strength and sturdiness of the frame.