Originating in the wooded hills above the Mediterranean, the smoketree holds true to its name. The species boasts blooms that are wispy clumps of filaments—either cream or pink—that look like puffs of smoke. This easy-to-grow specimen is a good choice for a shrub border or other grouping. It can either flourish as a multi-stemmed shrub, be pruned to a single-trunk tree, or be cut back every year to maintain the look of a smaller bushy plant.
- Takes on a smoky pink color from June through August
- Works well for a shrub border or other grouping
- Provides great fall color, with leaves turning from blue-green to yellow, red, and purple
- Adapts to many soil types
- Will be delivered at a height of 1’–2′
- The Smoketree grows in zones 5-8.
- Mature Height: 10’–15′
- Mature Spread: N/A–12′
- Growth Rate: Medium
- Shape: Rounded
- Sun Preference: Full Sun
- Soil Preference: Acidic, Alkaline, Clay, Drought-tolerant, Loamy, Sandy, Well-drained
- Wildlife Value: The leaves of the smoketree are browsed by deer and other big game.
The smoketree is a native of Eurasia and has long been a favorite shrub or small tree for garden plantings, along property lines and along the borders of landscaped areas. It was introduced into America as early as 1656 and was commonly available in nurseries by 1790. It is a species with many names including smokebush, European smoketree, cloud tree, wig tree, mist tree and Jupiter’s beard.