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Smoketree ‘Smokebush’ | Plant Profile

Smoketree ‘SmokeBush’ (Continus coggygaria) are multi-stemmed ornamental trees or shrubs with billows of purple hairs. In addition to the hairs, ‘Smokebush’ has small yellow flowers and blueish-green leaves. Autumn color is highly variable and showy.

‘Smokebush’ prefers average fertility, medium moisture, well drain soils in full sun. They are tolerant to rocky or dryer soils, but cannot tolerate poorly drained ground.

‘Smokebush’ are popular as singular ornamental features or massed as shrub borders along fences or homes. The “smokey” hairs last throughout the summer for extended interest.


Smoketree 'Smokebush' Characteristics

Smoketree 'Smokebush' are unique ornamental trees with a smokey appearance. In spring, small yellow flowers bloom. Spent flowers are replaced with clusters of long purple hairs that persist throughout summer. The hairs are the main ornamental feature of these shrubs. However, interest persists into fall with brilliant autumn leaf colors of yellows, reds, and purples.

'Smokebush' are resistant to most lethal insects or plagues. Leaf spot, rust, and verticillium wilt are possible. Some pruning is required for blooming to occur. Pruning should be done in early spring and should just be enough to encourage new growth.

USDA Climate Zone
Zones 5 - 8
10.00 - 15.00
10.00 - 15.00'
Bloom Time
May - July
Full Sun
Deer Resistant?