American Smoketree, Cotinus obovatus, is an upright, small tree or multi-trunked shrub, growing 15-30′ tall. The short trunk transitions into an open crown of spreading branches, whose resinous sap has a strong odor, and the heartwood is a deep orange-yellow. Crowded flower clusters of 6-10″ panicles develo long red or purple, hairlike petioles which create a smoke-like appearance, giving the plant its common name. Berries appear on pinkish stems and also have a smoke-like appearance. Spring leaves are silky pink, becoming a bluish to dark green. Fall berries are extremely colorful and showy. This plant is extremely drought-tolerant, disease resistant and well-adapted to the stony soils of its native mountain habitat, and should not be over-watered or over-fertilized.