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None of my tree is dead, so pruning will all be live material.

Jun 27, Smoke tree is an ornamental shrub to small tree that is grown for the bright, purple or yellow leaves and the spring flowers that mature and “puff” out as if they were clouds of smoke. Smoke trees tend to have a rangy, splayed growth habit.

Pruning smoke trees annually will help make the plant more compact and strengthen the treemulch.buzzted Reading Time: 2 mins. Apr 25, If you’re more interested in keeping your smoke bush shorter so you can appreciate its colorful foliage close up, then you should cut the stems back in winter.

These very fast-growing plants will grow to eye level during the current growing season to form a hedge that has striking foliage.

You can leave just 6 to 8 inches of the stubby branches emerging from the ground. This is classified as hard pruning or renovation pruning and can be done every year if you treemulch.buzzted Reading Time: 1 min. Nov 30, How to Prune a Smoke Bush. Smoke bush (Cotinus coggygria) is one of those plants that can grow either as a tree or shrub.

If you want to grow it. How to Prune a Smoke Tree. The smoke tree (Cotinus coggygria), a deciduous bush, is known for its distinctive purple leaves and the feathery, pink and purple tufts that hang from spent flower blooms. Mar 26, With the plant still dormant in the chilly late-winter weather, John gave our new smoke-tree-to-bush pruning method a try.

It would be helpful if someone would post a video of a proper pruning of these tricky but beautiful shrubs.

He started by trimming off the numerous small upper branches with long-handled loppers. As he worked his way down the tree, he switched to a bow saw to cut through the thicker treemulch.buzzted Reading Time: 5 mins.