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  • juniper gardener

    Cotinus coggygria (a/k/a smokebush)

    • Yes, it’s a cotinus coggygria — I think you meant to write smoketree :)

  • 8thQ

    Yeah a smoketree. They also come in purple. They were very popular during the Victorian era.

  • Jaycee

    truffula tree?

    • ah

      I doubt it — no barbaloots.

  • PetworthRes

    Smoketree? I don’t think so…wouldn’t be blooming until later in the summer. I think it’s a Chinese Fringe Tree (Chionanthus retusus). There’s also an American version native to this area, Chionanthus virginicus. It’s a great choice for a native blooming tree for small yards.

    • The virginia version has finished blooming, so I’m guessing it might be Chinese.

      However, I have seen some smoketrees in bloom, too, so I’d have to take a closer look.

      Actually, on second thought, I think it’s probably still a smoketree. The trees bloomed a lot earlier this year, so it might just be off rhythm.

    • va flowers

      I believe Chionanthus virginicus (Fringe Tree) is correct. The leaves look to match as well as the fringe bloom. A Chinese Fringe ree has different leaves and the smoke tree has more pink to purple blooms as well as a smaller flower. check bark of both trees and compare.

      • The flowers are not nearly as wispy on the Fringetree, though (Chinese or Virginia)

        • Also, the smoketree comes in white varieties.

  • Really cool and different.

  • Julio

    It is known as SMOKE BUSH, it also comes in other colors. You see them everywhere around western PA

  • Anonymous

    Definitely Smoke Tree/bush– It’s blooming early like everything else because of the mild winter and hot spring.


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