Thursday, October 27, 2011

Smoke tree

Wyatt and Stanzie's mom, who can identify any plant you throw at her, told me this tree in the front yard is called a smoke tree (Cotinus). Some years the leaves are brighter than other years, depending on the weather; but one thing I can always count on is a multitude of shades on the one tree.
This tree branches out in all sorts of directions instead of growing up like a regular tree. Come to think of it, I have several trees in my yard that grow in individual, undisciplined ways.

I'm afraid I just gravitate toward that sort of thing.


  1. Colorful and wild are our kind of trees...and people...and hounds! haha

    Sorry Alanis can't have the elk antler...bc they really work. I guess you'll have to tie her down to brush.....bummer.
    Violet and Julie

  2. That is the sweetest picture of your 'innocent' looking doggie! xo

  3. we have those smoke trees down here in Texas and they are so pretty and cool. Great picture of you in front of the tree - so cute.

  4. Oooooo, that's a pretty one! They keep coming out with new varieties too. My current favorites are Cotinus 'Grace' and Cotinus 'Summerwine'.

    Wyatt's Mom

  5. That is a really cool tree. Undisciplined or not.bol. Mommy likes the ones with red leaves best! There's a gorgeous,huge Ohio buckeye tree in this guys yard in Naples, that just drives her nuts it's so pretty. The old fellow refuses to give anyone seeds from mean is that?
    BabyRD & HOotie

  6. We have a smoke tree but it sure isn't as pretty as yours!

    Love ya lots
    Maggie and Mitch

  7. Very pretty. I tend to trim mine and sometimes they end up a little bald.

  8. One pretty tree. Even moe special In the lasts photo!

    Big Nose Pokes
    The Thugletx

  9. We love smoke trees! There are some at Innisfree Garden (in New York), which is about 45 minutes away from us. We always love going there, and the smoke trees are one of our favorite things to see in the whole place. :)

  10. Beautiful! Never have seen a smoke tree here in the south.