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smoke tree

n.
Either of two deciduous shrubs or small trees, Cotinus obovatus, of the southern United States, or C. coggygria, native to Eurasia and widely cultivated elsewhere, having plumose flower clusters.

[From the resemblance of the flower clusters to puffs of smoke.]
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smoke tree

n
1. (Plants) an anacardiaceous shrub, Cotinus coggygria, of S Europe and Asia, having clusters of yellowish feathery flowers
2. (Plants) a related tree, Cotinus americanus, of the southern US
[C19: so named because of the similarity between its flower clusters and a cloud of smoke]
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smoke′ tree`


n.
1. a tree, Cotinus obovatus, of the cashew family, native to the south central U.S., having egg-shaped leaves and large clusters of small white flowers.
2. a related shrub, C. coggygria, of Eurasia, having elliptical leaves and clusters of hairy, purple flowers.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.smoke tree - any of several shrubs or shrubby trees of the genus Cotinussmoke tree - any of several shrubs or shrubby trees of the genus Cotinus
Cotinus, genus Cotinus - smoke trees
American smokewood, Cotinus americanus, Cotinus obovatus, chittamwood - shrubby tree of southern United States having large plumes of feathery flowers resembling puffs of smoke
Cotinus coggygria, Venetian sumac, wig tree - Old World shrub having large plumes of yellowish feathery flowers resembling puffs of smoke
bush, shrub - a low woody perennial plant usually having several major stems
2.smoke tree - greyish-green shrub of desert regions of southwestern United States and Mexico having sparse foliage and terminal spikes of bluish violet flowerssmoke tree - greyish-green shrub of desert regions of southwestern United States and Mexico having sparse foliage and terminal spikes of bluish violet flowers; locally important as source of a light-colored honey of excellent flavor
Dalea, genus Dalea - indigo bush
bush, shrub - a low woody perennial plant usually having several major stems
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If you prefer to saddle up for your trek, you'll also find the Smoke Tree Stables nearby where you can ride a horse through the canyons.
It is commonly referred to as a "smoke tree" thanks to its sprays of feathery flowers that appear against the brooding burgundy leaves.
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When his Anaheim, California, amusement park became successful, Disney returned to build an even larger house at Smoke Tree. Visit today and you'll understand why Walt, or anyone, might fall for this rustic resort.
Examples include ash, poplar, willow, cedar, juniper, cottonwood, mulberry, box elder, holly, yew, pussy willow, Chinese ginkgo, and smoke tree.
The snowy mespilus (Amelanchier larmarckii) is especially suitablefor smaller gardens, and so is the Smoke Tree (Cotinus coggygria) so named because the flower heads can be mistaken for puffs of smoke.
Cotinus coggygria The smoke tree has large plum clouds of flowers in June and July.
"Prominent plants in the garden include the monkey puzzle tree, the weeping giant sequoia, a smoke tree, and a golden clematis which has seed pods that look like puffballs," Weir said.
Highlights at Kew included the golden larch, which "sometimes looks like it's on fire", and the American smoke tree which is "purple-red with a blaze of orange to follow".