Top Questions About Smoke Trees

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Questions About Smoke Trees

Asked by
Anonymous on
November 16, 2010

Q. Obtaining Smoke Trees

I am trying to buy two 4-foot smoke trees for the Palm Desert, CA area. The local nurseries don’t have any, and I have to be a landscaper in order to get one wholesale. Do you have any ideas where I can order two and not get over charged?

Answered by
Heather on
November 19, 2010
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Asked by
Margene on
January 25, 2011

Q. How Do You Prune a Smoke Tree/Shrub?

I live in San Francisco and live in Noe Valley, a great weather area. Right now, it’s 72 degrees outside and I was pruning my smoke tree because it’s getting scraggly and not very showy. I’ve started pruning it with a rose pruning method, but would it be better for me to really attack it?

Answered by
Heather on
January 28, 2011
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This article has the proper method for pruning this tree:
http://www.ca.uky.edu/agc/pubs/ho/ho45/ho45.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
March 14, 2011

Q. 7-Year-Old Smoke Tree

About two years ago, my dog chewed through the bark, halfway up the tree. I put a splint and duct tape on it, mostly to keep it alive and from falling over. Now the duct tape is coming off and I do not know just what to do to preserve this little tree. Hate to lose it! It stands about 5 feet tall and does throw out mahogany blooms in the early summer. Also, I would like to make it more of a shrub instead of a tree.

Answered by
Nikki on
March 15, 2011
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After two years, the bark should have healed itself. As long as the bark is not girdled (removed all the way around the tree), the tree should be ok without the duct tape. If it is still leaning, you may want to put in a stake on the far side and use some rope to gently pull it back straight.

You can start pruning it more severely to make it more shrub shaped than tree shaped.

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Asked by
handapatsy on
April 1, 2011

Q. I Am Moving and Would Like to Take My Smoke Tree, Can It Be Transplanted?

I live in Athens County in Ohio. It has been in the ground here for about two years.

Answered by
Heather on
April 5, 2011
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The larger a tree is, the more likely it is to experience transplant shock. At this point, it would have a rather difficult time to move to a new location.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 13, 2011

Q. Smoke Tree Lifespan

How long does a smoke tree live?

Answered by
Nikki on
May 14, 2011
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On average, about 20 years, give or take.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
July 7, 2011

Q. Dry Leaves on Purple Smoke Bush

The leaves on my purple smoke bush are all dry. Is it dead?

Answered by
Nikki on
July 7, 2011
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Asked by
Anonymous on
August 1, 2011

Q. Wisteria and Smoke Tree Care

We have had a wisteria vine for four years and have not had any blooms. What are we doing wrong? My husband trims regularly. Second, we have a smoke tree and it had the ‘smoke plumes’ for several years and now has not had any ‘smoke plumes’ for about 4 or 5 years. Do we need to do something different?

Answered by
Nikki on
August 2, 2011
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You may be having a problem with phosphorus. Plants require this nutrient in order to bloom. Here is more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/phosphorus-plant-growth.htm

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