- Also called American smoke tree, chittamwood. a tree, Cotinus obovatus, of the cashew family, native to the southeastern U.S., having egg-shaped leaves and large clusters of small white flowers.
- Also called Venetian sumac. a related shrub, C. coggygria, of Eurasia, having elliptical leaves and clusters of hairy, purple flowers.
Origin of smoke tree
First recorded in 1840–50
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The Venetian sumach or smoke-tree (R. Cotinus) is commonly planted for ornament.Elements of Structural and Systematic Botany
Douglas Houghton Campbell
Fustet, fus′tet, n. the smoke-tree or Venetian sumach, or its wood.
- an anacardiaceous shrub, Cotinus coggygria, of S Europe and Asia, having clusters of yellowish feathery flowers
- 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