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Audubon Native Smoketree and native birds
Native Smoketree bright orange-yellow fall foliage in the landscape
Native Smoketree smoke-like yellow flowers on plant in landscape
Native Smoketree tree planted in landscape full of spring green leaves
Native Regions map for Native Smoketree
American Goldfinch
American Goldfinch
House Finch
Purple Finch
Audubon Native Smoketree and native birds
Native Smoketree bright orange-yellow fall foliage in the landscape
Native Smoketree smoke-like yellow flowers on plant in landscape
Native Smoketree tree planted in landscape full of spring green leaves
Native Regions map for Native Smoketree
American Goldfinch
American Goldfinch
House Finch
Purple Finch



  • In late spring, orange-yellow blooms appear in clusters that look like clouds of smoke
  • Blueish-green foliage provides a wonderful contrast for the yellow flower poofs
  • In fall, the foliage slowly transitions to a range of pastels - raspberry, lemon, orange and lime - before blazing into pink-orange flames
  • Female trees attract finches with their small seeds in fall but the males have bigger flower sprays
  • May Benefit & Attract: Cardinals & grosbeaks, wrens, sparrows, thrushes, orioles, finches, mockingbirds & thrashers, vireos, wood warblers
  • The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow.
  • This bird-friendly native plant provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
  • All Audubon® branded trees and plants are grown 100% Neonic-free by Bower & Branch, making these plants safer for the birds and safer for the environment.
  • Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
  • Ships in a plant-safe designed box

    Growth Facts

    • Hardiness Zone: 4-8
    • Mature Height: 20-30' tall
    • Mature Width: 20-30' wide
    • Exposure: Full Sun
    • Spacing: 20-30' apart

    Audubon® Native Smoketree Treeling

    Bower & Branch Trees and Plants

    Audubon® Plants for Birds: Cotinus obovatus

    Regular price $135.00
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    Why plant Audubon® Native Smoketree Treeling?

    An autumn bonfire! Smoke Tree gets its name from its wispy, pinkish, late-spring flowers that look like clouds of smoke, but the real conflagration happens in fall, when the foliage combusts. The color change starts gradually at first, the blue-green leaves taking on pastel rainbow-sherbet shades of raspberry, orange, lemon, and lime. Eventually the whole canopy becomes a blaze of pink-orange flames. Tree and shrub authority Michael Dirr says, “it may be the best of all American shrub/trees for intensity of color.” We agree! As an added bonus, female Smoke Trees offer up small seeds that attract finches.

    Smoke Tree’s native range is limited to just a few scattered pockets in the south-central U.S. It’s found in Arkansas, Missouri, and Texas, and possibly in a few more neighboring states. Its small population size was not helped by the fact that the wood contains yellow-orange dye that was once highly coveted. Overharvesting, especially during the Civil War, depleted the already small numbers. The nation’s largest specimen today is actually a tree planted far outside of its natural range. This multi-stemmed beauty, in Connecticut, is 33 feet tall and 47 feet wide.

    How to use Audubon® Native Smoketree Treeling in the landscape?

    We all think we have a few eccentric family members, but Smoke Tree has us beat! Its closest relatives include Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, Cashews, Mangoes, and Pistachios. (Smoke Tree foliage does not make you itch, in case you were wondering.)

    Why Bower & Branch?

    At Bower & Branch, it’s our job to know and grow trees… especially big trees.

    - Trusted, Experienced Growers

    - Trusted, Knowledgeable Expertise

    - Trusted Brand of Quality Trees Across the United States

    We do the hard part. Our trees and plants are grown and cared for by only the best, local growers for years before they find their forever home in your landscape. Bower & Branch is known for having hard-to-find, substantial sizes and selection. The quality of our trees and plants are consistent in health and vigor—always ready for immediate impact in your garden and instant curb appeal. We never rush our trees to reach a ‘grade size.’ Our trees are grown for quality height, vigor, health and age.

    We believe in empowering homeowners with the truth about strong, healthy and structurally sound plants that are grown to perform in the ground after they leave the nursery for home delivery, always fresh inventory from the grower.

    How To Plant Audubon® Native Smoketree Treeling

    Grow your Smoke Tree in full sun for the most intense fall color. The type of soil doesn’t matter much as long as it drains quickly. This tree enjoys regular water during establishment (our Elements™ Watering System will help you deliver the right amount), but after a year or two, it should be quite drought tolerant. This is a dioecious tree, which means that there are male and female clones. Males have bigger flower sprays, but only females have seeds for finches (if a male tree is nearby for pollination). Smoke Tree is late to leaf out in spring, so be patient.

    How To Water

    Water regularly after initial planting. Once established, they are more tolerant of drought conditions, reducing your hand-watering responsibilities.

    How To Fertilize

    During fall, feed your Smoketree Bower & Branch Elements Fertilizer once a year for about the first 3 or 4 years - this will give your tree all the nutrients it needs.

    How To Prune

    Smoketrees should be pruned so that dead branches and twigs that may be diseased can be removed. Do not compost any disease branches, dispose of them appropriately in the garbage.

    Planting Zones

    Hardiness Zones: 4-8

    How Does Shipping Work?

    Bower & Branch Trees, the real BIG trees, don’t fit in a box! Our large trees require expert delivery and care, that means our large trees are shipped on Bower & Branch trucks. We are the only ones who know how to ship our big and bigger trees and plants with tender loving care.

    We deliver your trees and plants directly to your driveway or curbside! Ask Bower & Branch about planting services and rates – we'd be happy to assist in installation.

    *Big trees, Size A and larger, will take approximately 14 – 28 days to be delivered. - Size AA & AAA will be shipped directly to your home by a local common carrier.

    How Does Sizing Work?

    The size of our trees have nothing to do with the container size like you may find elsewhere–big doesn't mean just height - it’s also vigor, age, and overall health.. Other online retailers are going to tell you that a plant is a seven gallon, that means nothing to your tree or plant (or you.)

    Our trees for sale online are graded on large, x-large, and even bigger sizes. This is because our trees are sized by their age—the higher the letter, the more mature the tree. The age determines the trees’ overall height, size of the trunk and the overall branch density.

    All of these characteristics are what you should be looking for when choosing a tree for immediate impact and instant curb appeal. Our extra-large tree and plant sizes are sure to wow you and your neighbors!

    See the size guides below.

    How Trees are Shipped
    Size 4XL D Trees Size 3XL C Trees Size 2XL B Trees Size XL A Trees Size LARGE AA Trees

    Our Guarantees


    Bower & Branch guarantees customer satisfaction within all product groups and sizes. If for any reason you are not satisfied with the product or experience, you have 90 days from the original date of purchase to request a replacement of the purchased product(s).


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    Bower & Branch offers a Three-Year Tree Guarantee on all of our trees, sizes A and up. Only the finest and the most experienced growers are awarded the opportunity to grow for Bower & Branch, so we offer the best guarantee available.

    If your tree(s) should fail for any reason during the three-year guarantee period, you will receive an online gift card in the amount that you originally spent on the tree.* You can then use this online gift card for any Bower & Branch Purchase.

    * Bower & Branch provides online gift cards in the amount of the original purchase price of the tree(s). The amount does not include any additional costs such as delivery, planting, tax, or any other products or services. Online gift cards can be applied towards any Bower & Branch purchase on and have no expiration dates. Bower & Branch does not guarantee tree replacement or availability of any desired product at any time. Cash refunds are not offered. Bower & Branch requires that all original tags and receipts are present when a guarantee request is initiated. The Bower & Branch Three-Year Guarantee only applies to plant material that has been planted in the ground. Container plantings are NOT covered.

    At Bower & Branch, we do our best to honor all guarantee fulfillment requests to ensure customer satisfaction. However, we reserve the right to refuse the request if the required guarantee steps were not satisfied. Bower & Branch also reserves the right to deny any guarantee fulfillment request that is made as a result of animal damage, problems with plant hardiness and zone issues, or acts of nature (snow storms, hurricanes, and similar).

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