How to Grow and Care for a Smoke Tree (Complete Guide)
The smoke tree, scientifically known as Cotinus, is a captivating plant that can be likened to a magician’s secret. Its defining feature is the fluffy, smoke-like plumes that emerge from its branches during the summer.
Generally, they thrive in moderate climates with a balanced mix of warmth and coolness. They are well-suited for hardiness zones 5-8, but specific species or varieties might have slightly different preferences.
Before the first frost, thoroughly water the smoke tree thoroughly. Moist soil helps the plant better endure winter conditions. Applying a layer of mulch around the tree’s base, about 2 to 3 inches deep, helps insulate the roots.