Cotinus obovatus Raf.
Cotinus americanus Nutt.
The American smoketree is a North American native.
Identification: American smoketree takes the form of a large shrub or small tree reaching 15-30' (4.6-9.1 m) in height, and about the same width. The bark is gray-brown in color, and flaky, and the sap has a strong odor. The wood is a deep orange-yellow color. Leaves are bluish-green, 2-5" (5-12 cm) long × 1-2½" (2.5-6.3 cm) wide. Leaves are yellow, orange, red, or purple in the fall. Flowers are panicles (groups) 6-10" (15-25 cm) long, composed of many long, thin reddish or purplish petioles (stems that support the flowers). Each petiole is tipped with green to greenish-white flowers. The flowers are inconspicuous, but the color of the petioles is visible from a distance as a smoky, purplish haze—thus the tree’s common name.
Cotinus obovatus at the University of Connecticut Plant Database
Cotinus obovatus at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Cotinus obovatus on Plants for a Future, a resource and information centre for edible and otherwise useful plants
Cotinus obovatus at the Missouri Botanical Garden
Cotinus obovatus at the Vanderbilt University Bioimages web site
Cotinus obovatus on the Texas AgriLife Extension Service and Texas A&M University, Texas A&M System
Cotinus obovatus on SEINet—the Southwest Environmental Information Network
Cotinus obovatus description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Aug 2013.
Range: Zones 4-8: