Cotinus obovatus

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Cotinus obovatus
Habit of C. obovatus at Aarhus Botanical Gardens
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Sapindales
Family: Anacardiaceae
Genus: Cotinus
Species: C. obovatus
Binomial name
Cotinus obovatus
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Natural range of Cotinus obovatus

Cotinus obovatus syn. C. americanus (chittamwood, American smokewood) is one of two species of flowering plant in the genus Cotinus of the family Anacardiaceae, native to the southeastern USA. It is a deciduous, conical shrub growing to 10 m (33 ft) tall by 8 m (26 ft) broad, with oval leaves up to 12 cm (5 in) long. It produces panicles of pink-grey flowers in summer, and its foliage turns a brilliant scarlet in autumn (fall). The smokey effect derives from the clusters of hairs on the spent flower stalks.[1] It is cultivated in gardens and parks in temperate regions.[2][3]

The Latin specific epithet obovatus means "in the shape of an inverted egg", and refers to the broadly oval shape of the leaves.


  1. ^ "Cotinus obovatus". Missouri Botanical Garden. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 
  2. ^ RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1405332964. 
  3. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Cotinus obovatus". Retrieved 20 July 2013.