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Cotinus obovatus

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A rare shrub or very small tree native to N. America with great autumn colour, Cotinus obovatus has outstanding foliage, with very large (up to 10 cm), oval leaves.

In autumn these turn stunning shades of red, orange and purple which can last for several weeks in good weather. In late spring fuzzy panicles of flowers appear, giving the shrub an attractive, somewhat smoky appearance.

Supplied Size: 3L containers (approx 30-40 cm tall)

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Cotinus obovatus | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Cotinus obovatus | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Cotinus obovatus | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Pot SizeTotal Price
3 litres

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Grower Notes

Position: Full sun or partial shade.
Soil: Fertile, well drained soil.
Hardiness: Hardy.
Flowering Period: April - May.
Flower Colour: Pale pink
Rate of Growth: Slow to moderate.
Habit: Cotinus obovatus grows to be a a large shrub or eventually a small branching tree with a rounded crown if left unpruned.
Height: up to 6 m (20 ft).
Spread: 4 m (13 ft).
Notes: In smaller gardens, Cotinus obovatus can be pruned back hard on a yearly basis to encourage branching and prevent it getting to large. This plant is also known as Cotinus americanus.

Plant Finder: about Cotinus obovatus

Common names

American smoke tree, Chitam wood


Cotinus obovatus (American smoke tree). A broad crowned tree native to the United States. Has broadly elliptic leaves, which are spotted purple when young and fall golden purple in autumn. Bears panicles of pink flowers in early summer.


They are fully hardy and will require full sun or semi shade with fertile but not over rich soil. The purple leaved forms will need full sun to bring out the best colours.

Interest and use

Specimen. Summer interest.

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  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilClay, Sandy, Poor quality, Chalky
  • Soil pH7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

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