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Cotinus 'Grace' (Smokebush) is a vigorous deciduous shrub noted for its attractive foliage of rounded leaves. Emerging bright wine red in spring, the leaves mature to dark red in summer, before turning glowing shades of red, orange, and gold in fall. Huge, feathery, purplish-pink flower plumes cover the plant with fluffy, hazy 'smoky' puffs in stumpcutter.buzzess: What's My Zone?

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 Missing: Rockland MA. Aug 01, He found this video that details the proper pruning technique for these kinds of large bushes/small trees, and basically we learned that a smoke tree should be pruned in winter or early spring by trimming at the branching-off point, to keep the tree from over-sprouting.

John had instead simply cut the branches at their ends, down to the height Estimated Reading Time: 4 mins. Mar 26, With the plant still dormant in the chilly late-winter weather, John gave our new smoke-tree-to-bush pruning method a try.

He started by trimming off the numerous small upper branches with long-handled loppers.

It looks lovely.

As he worked his way down the tree, he switched to a bow saw to cut through the thicker stumpcutter.buzzted Reading Time: 5 mins. Grace Smokebush will grow to be about 15 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 3 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or stumpcutter.buzzg: Rockland MA.

Hi, Yes, you can prune it.

Vicky Daugherty says.

I prune mine every spring (before it leafs (leaves?) out) - this way the bush never gets over 3 or 4 ft big - it doesn't flower, though, if you prune it each year; but this is ok with me since I only want the beautiful purple coloured leaves. So, if it were me, and I wanted to prune Missing: Rockland MA.

Smoke bush does not"like" a slight pruning. If you don't cut it down severely like this, it will grow back with"whippy" ugly branches and that is why some people won't even grow them, thinking it is the bush, which it isn't.(they pruned it wrong). Wait til you see the beautiful new leaves that form on that bush after a severe pruning. Gorgeous!Missing: Rockland MA.