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Propagating deciduous and evergreen shrubs, trees, and vines with stem cuttings by F.

Aug 08, The smoke tree, or smoke bush (Cotinus obovatus), charms with its diffuse flowers that make the plant look like it is smothered in takedownbush.buzz to the United States, the smoke tree can grow to 30 feet (9 m.) but often remains half that size. How to propagate a smoke tree? If you are interested in propagating smoke trees, read on for tips on smoke tree reproduction from seeds and cuttings. The best time of year to take a cutting from the smoke bush is during the summer in June, July, or sometimes late August.

The way to tell if your stem is ready is to bend it. If the stem bends without breaking, it is still too soon. If the stem doesnt bend, then you have waited too long. If the stem breaks with a characteristic snapping sound. Apr 01, I have found the best way to propagate from a smoke tree is by layering, cuttings never seem to take for me.

You need to find a low branch or two that can pegged down into the soil for a few months, which should then form roots, at which point it can be cut off from the parent plant. Can you take cuttings from smoke bush? Propagate cotinus with softwood cuttings, taken in summer.

Will smoke bush grow in shade? Smokebush can tolerate shade, but the plant may produce weak stems with sparse foliage, which necessitates more frequent pruning to keep it compact. Are smoke trees fast growing? The purple smoke tree grows moderately.