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.
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Origin of smoke tree
First recorded in 1840–50
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Examples from the Web for smoke tree
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.
British Dictionary definitions for smoke tree
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
Word Origin for smoke tree
C19: so named because of the similarity between its flower clusters and a cloud of smoke
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