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  American Smoketree (Chittamwood)  
Common Name: American Smoketree (Chittamwood)
Latin Name: Cotinus obovatus
Tree Size: Small
Leaf Type: Deciduous
Growth Rate: Slow
Water Needs: Dry
Tolerances: Drought, alkaline soils (pH > 7.5)
Attributes: Texas native, reliable fall color, showy or fragrant flower, attractive seeds or fruit
Features: Spikes of purple to pink flowers; distinctive blue-green leaves turn brilliant fall colors.
Comments: One of the best trees for fall color. Might be hard to find in the nursery.
Problems: Requires pruning to develop one or more main trunks.
Firewise: Yes
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