European smoketree Anacardiaceae Cotinus coggygria
Leaf:Alternate, simple, oval, entire margin, blunt-tipped, 3 to 5 inches long; blue green above, paler below, several cultivars prized for purple foliage.
Flower:Small, greenish yellow occurring on many finely branched, slender clusters which resemble puffs of smoke; changes color from yellowish to pink as the age; few actual flowers occur.
Fruit:Light brown, 1/8 inch long, kidney-bean shaped; few appear on the slender branched, hairy stems.
Twig:Moderately stout, reddish green or with a purple tint, glaucous, turning gray-brown with age; buds small, leaf scar not lobed.
Bark:Initially light gray-brown, later splitting into thin strips and becoming scaly and darker.
Form:A shrub to 15 feet tall with an equal spread.