Smoke Trees
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Smoke Tree

Zone Lostant, Illinois 61334 | fisher added on June 5, 2016 | Answered

Our smoke tree has several branches that are dead and one branch that is still alive. I also noticed on the main branches which are dead, the branches have slits in the bark that are pretty long and wide. Can I trim off the dead branches now and see if the one branch will survive? Thanks for any information you can give me.

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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Answered on June 7, 2016

The bark of a Smokebush is susceptible to breaking and damage.
Dead branches can be pruned away now, but regular pruning should take place in early spring or late winter.
Here are some articles to help you.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/smoke-tree/growing-smoke-trees.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/smoke-tree/pruning-smoke-trees.htm

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