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Jun 27, Smoke tree is an ornamental shrub to small tree that is grown for the bright, purple or yellow leaves and the spring flowers that mature and “puff” out as if they were clouds of smoke. Smoke trees tend to have a rangy, splayed growth habit. Pruning smoke trees annually will help make the plant more compact and strengthen the treelop.buzzted Reading Time: 2 mins.

Jan 15, Royal Purple Smokebush should not be overwatered once established. The species is intolerant of flooding and will do better from mulch rather than excessive irrigation.

The ideal circumstance is slightly sandy loam, but they also do well in rocky soils.

As this shrub flowers on new growth, pruning should be completed during the dormant season (winter or spring). This shrub can be maintained in two ways depending on your treelop.buzzted Reading Time: 4 mins.

Nov 30, How to Prune a Smoke Bush. Smoke bush (Cotinus coggygria) is one of those plants that can grow either as a tree or shrub. If you want to grow it as a smoke bush rather than a smoke tree. Cut back upper growth to within two to three buds of the base every two to three years after blooming for fresh flowering branches -- smoke bush blooms on 2- to 3-year-old wood.

15 years ago. Purple smoke bushes are less hardy than the species with the blue-green leaves.

Royal Purple Smokebush does well as a hedge, mass planting, or specimen when left to grow to its full mature size.

Even in zone 5b, they do best as cut back shrubs because one cold winter will leave a lot of dieback. When grown as cut back shrubs, they never flower, but the flush of rich purple.

Sep 21, Prune the smoke bush in late winter or early spring to remove any branches that are crossing or giving the bush an unattractive appearance. Side-dress with another 2. And yes, you can train a young smokebush (Cotinus coggygria) into a tree-like form. It simply takes some careful pruning and some time.

ianna. 14 years ago. Dear Gardengal, Yes the plant tag identified it as a royal purple smoke bush - I was expecting a deep burgundy/purple shade. Nov 08, The smoke bush has a number of fine cultivars, such as 'Royal Purple,' with maroon leaves, and 'Golden Spirit' with yellow leaves.

It tolerates quite a bit of drought when established.