Plant Care American smoketree

American smoketree

Also known as

American smoketree, chittamwood and American smokewood


Cotinus obovatus

How to care for American smoketree


How often to water your American smoketree

Water needs for American smoketree
0.5 cups
every 9

American smoketree needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for American smoketree in your home

Light needs and placement for plant American smoketree: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

American smoketree love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

American smoketree does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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How to fertilize American smoketree

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for American smoketree: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your American smoketree after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs

Care Summary for American smoketree

American smoketree

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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