Smoke Bush's Dead Wood

Asked June 7, 2020, 12:32 PM EDT

Hello, I planted this Smoke Bush two summer's ago. The old wood is dead but this there is new growth at its base. Should I cut off the dead wood down to the new growth? This is the first time this has happened. Thank you, again, for your help. Suzanne Kelly

Alpena County Michigan

1 Response

Thank you for your question about your Smoke Bush. I think it is a good idea to take the dead out. Here is a great article about different pruning styles for this awesome plant! I’ve included another just as an FYI about pruning.

http://sonomamg.ucanr.edu/Plant_of_the_Month/Cotinus/

https://www.pubs.ext.vt.edu/430/430-459/430-459.html