Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Smoke Tree

native smoke tree (Cotinus obovatus) I was lucky one year to find a nursery that had the native smoke tree Cotinus obovatus. I purchased two trees and promptly planted them. They were very small when I planted them and unfortunately they have been severely bothered by the deer. But not this year. So far the deer have left them alone and surprisingly the trees have recovered nicely and grown this summer. They had beautiful misty flower sprays this spring and now they have amazing fall color. The trees are dioecious so each plant is either male or female. Male trees have larger showier flower clusters.

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