Catalogue A# 0098-031 SG10
GPS 45D 43' 56" N / 108D 37' 16" W
Origin: Southern Europe to central China and Himalaya
Common name: Common Smoketree
Location: Sensory Garden-Bed 18 East Hill
Number in accession: 2
Curator's note: One of the most talked about trees in the Sensory garden
This 13 inch Broadleaf Smoketree provides overall benefits of: $71 every year.
Tree or Plant Type: Shrub, Tree
Foliage: Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
Native Locale: Non-native
Landscape Uses: Hedge, Massing, Mixed border, Patio/sidewalk, Screen, Specimen
Size Range: Compact tree (10-15 feet), Large shrub (more than 8 feet)
Light Exposure: Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily), Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
Hardiness Zones: Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7
Soil Preference: Moist, well-drained soil
Season of Interest: Early summer, Mid summer, Late summer, Early fall, Mid fall
Flower Color & Fragrance: Pink
Shape or Form: Irregular, Multi-stemmed, Upright
Growth Rate: Moderate
Size and Form
10 to 15 feet high and wide; upright to irregular habit.
Tree & Plant Care
Best in full sun to light shade in well-drained soil.
Avoid planting in low-lying areas where soil remains wet.
Shallow roots benefit with a layer of mulch to moderate soil temperatures.
Prune cultivars with colored foliage heavily to produce new growth (which produces best color).
Disease, pests and problems
May suffer from dieback in cold winters
Native geographic location and habitat
Native to Europe and Asia
The outstanding feature of Eurasian smoke tree is the large, airy, plume-like stalks that hold the small flowers. These are covered with hairs that provide the appearance of a puff of smoke. Eurasian smoke tree will grow as either a single-trunked tree or a multi-stemmed shrub. Although it may suffer from dieback in cold winters, vigorous stems bounce back to life in spring. The purple leaved cultivars are popular as landscape accents.