Common Smokebush is a popular deciduous large shrub to small tree. Foliage ranges from blue-green to bronze with a carrot-like scent when crushed. Fall color is variable from a dull yellow to a vibrant red. Showy creamy white to purple-pink pedicels and peduncles are the showy portion of the flowers, creating a smokey wreath around the upper canopy.
Plant Habit or Use:
Shrub, medium shrub, large shrub, tree, small tree
sun, partial sun
Actual flowers are yellow-green and inconspicuous, but the much branched panicle of pubescent pedicels and peduncles is showy, variable from creamy white to purple-pink.
Small drupes, not showy.
12 ft to 15 ft (18 ft)
8 ft to 15 ft
Explanation of the Earth–Kind® Index breakdown
- Heat Tolerance: Low Heat Tolerance
- Water Requirements: Medium Water Use
- Soil Requirements: Medium Soil Requirements
- Pest Tolerance: Low Pest Resistance
- Fertility Requirements: Low Fertility Requirements
USDA Hardiness Zones:
5, 6, 7, 8
Regions that intersect these hardiness zones:
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Region A - Panhandle and High Plains• Region B - North and Central Texas• Region C - Northeast and East Texas• Region D - West Texas• Region E - Upper Rio Grande• Region F - Hill Country and Central Coast• Region G - Southeast Texas
Needs well drained soils; cotton root rot and scale are occasional problems.