How do you take care of a smoke bush?
Young plants should be watered deeply and regularly twice a week, but once established, smoke bush has good resistance to drought and dry conditions. Mature plants can thrive nicely if watered moderately every 10 days during the active growing season.
How do you plant a smoke bush?
How to Plant a Smoke Tree
- Choose a planting spot with full sun to partial shade and well-drained soil with a pH between 3.7 and 6.8.
- Dig a planting hole twice as wide as the smoke tree’s root ball and as deep as the root ball is tall, so that the top of the root ball is flush with the ground level.
How big does a smoke bush get?
4 to 30 feet tall
SMOKE BUSH BASICS Upright bushy or open habit, 4 to 30 feet tall and 4 to 25 feet wide, depending on variety.
What is smoke bush used for?
The smokebush plant is predominant to the coastal areas between Geraldton and Esperance in Western Australia (WA). The plant is traditionally used by Aboriginal people as medicine. Since the 1960s, specimens had been collected by the US National Cancer Institute (NCI) for cancer research.
Where is the best place to plant a smoke bush?
The smoke bush needs well-drained, fertile soil and a spot in a border in full sun or partial shade. Mulch annually with well-rotted manure or leaf mould in spring. It requires little or no pruning.
Can you keep smoke bush small?
Despite the common name of smoke tree, cotinus naturally grows as a large shrub, reaching 15 ft. high and wide, arching to the ground if left unpruned. But because it is amenable to all kinds of sculpting, it’s possible to create a smaller shrub or a small tree.
Do smoke bushes lose their leaves?
Smoke trees are deciduous, leafing out mid-April in Sonoma County and dropping their leaves in mid-to-late December. The intervening eight months begin with vibrant new foliage, followed by an arresting floral display, colorful post-flowering foliage, and stunning fall color.