Jun 27, Smoke tree is an ornamental shrub to small tree that is grown for the bright, purple or yellow leaves and the spring flowers that mature and “puff” out as if they were clouds of smoke. Smoke trees tend to have a rangy, splayed growth habit. Pruning smoke trees annually will help make the plant more compact and strengthen the bushmulch.barted Reading Time: 2 mins. Nov 08, If you try to have it both ways -- to prune it in between -- the shrub winds up looking like a clipped poodle, with leggy growth sporting foliage only at the ends.
The smoke bush has a number of Estimated Reading Time: 2 mins. Apr 06, How to Prune a Smoke Bush Into Tree Form. Evaluate your smoke bush in late winter or early spring before new growth begins and select the strongest two to three trunks, evenly spaced across the plant.
Cut out all other trunks and shoots at the ground with loppers. Prune away lower branches with loppers or hand pruners depending on their diameter.
Beside above, should you prune a smoke bush? Easy to grow in average soils; requires excellent drainage. Tolerates poor, rocky, infertile soils. Water deeply, regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency once established. Fertilize in spring. Prune heavily every few years to promote new growth with larger, more colorful bushmulch.bar Time: Summer.
Like most spring-flowering trees and shrubs, the purple smoke tree is pruned after flowering, when the puffs fade and fall from the tree. 1 Put on gloves and safety glasses before pruning.