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Now it is definitely bush shaped but with really long, leggy branches that flop.

Jun 27, Smoke tree is an ornamental shrub to small tree that is grown for the bright, purple or yellow leaves and the spring flowers that mature and “puff” out as if they were clouds of smoke. Smoke trees tend to have a rangy, splayed growth habit. Pruning smoke trees annually will help make the plant more compact and strengthen the treedelimbing.buzzted Reading Time: 2 mins. Nov 30, How to Prune a Smoke Bush. Smoke bush (Cotinus coggygria) is one of those plants that can grow either as a tree or shrub.

If you want to grow it as a smoke bush rather than a smoke tree, yearly. Apr 09, Cut them to six to eight inches above the ground, much like we do Butterfly Bush (Buddleia davidii).

Afraid I lost it, and a few weeks later I was amazed that all these red leaves are sprouting up!

Of course, don’t prune a standard Smokebush close to the ground as it will revert to its clumping natural shape. The best time to rejuvenate prune is before budding begins in late winter or early treedelimbing.buzzted Reading Time: 4 mins.

Aug 01, I have a royal purple smoke bush that I planted last Spring. It grew beautifully last year bit it didn’t flower at all so at the end of the season I didn’t prune it.

There are several smoke tree varieties Royal Purple, Velvet Cloak, Grace, Golden Spirit and more, with deciduous leaves that vary from green to deep red to dark purple, depending on the season and species.

This year the tall branches from last year have leaves only at the top, and the rest of those branches have plenty of buds but nothing is sprouting from treedelimbing.buzzted Reading Time: 4 mins. Apr 25, Smoke bush (Cotinus spp. and cvs., Zones 4–9) has amazing foliage that comes in an array of colors and beautiful, plumelike treedelimbing.buzz trait you care more about will determine how you prune this shrub.

Steve Aitken, a former editor at Fine Gardening, and Joann Vieira of Tower Hill Botanic Garden show how to prune Cotinus, more commonly known as Estimated Reading Time: 1 min.