7. Cotinus coggygria – Royal Purple Smoke
Scientific Name: Cotinus coggygria
Nativity: Southern Europe to Central Asia
Also known as smoke tree and smoke bush, this species is named for its smoke-like, purple flowers. Historically, the yellow wood has been used to help with eye ailments and fever reducer. Today, an essential oil is distilled from it for use as a disinfectant and anti-inflammatory. It is also used commercially in perfumes, shampoos, and toothpastes. Orange dye can be obtained from the roots and stems. The leaves are poisonous, but a good source of tannins. This species is particularly sensitive to horticultural oils used for pest controls, but overall don’t attract many pests.
DBH: 2.8 inches