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By Kimpike

Hampshire, United Kingdom Gb

Have got a well established 'smoke bush/tree' which does well every year but this year only one branch has growth on it, the rest appears dead, help, i would hate to lose it!



Cut it back hard and it should romp away again.
Cotinus plants are tough and can be cut down to ground level each year and will make several feet of new growth in each season.

8 May, 2011


Try the scratch test on the part that seems dead. Scrape a small piece of bark back and see if the wood underneath is brown or green. If it's brown, that means the branch is dead, I'm afraid.

Once you've pruned it, give it a feed to give the poor thing a boost. Blood, fish and bone is a good fertiliser.

8 May, 2011


Thanks for those tips, it just seems strange that it stems from one trunk and then branches off to 3 separate branches, one branch is full of new growth, the other 2 seem dead. incidentally, the base of the main trunk has alot of new growth. i reckon it must be at least 25 years old, maybe time to cut off th dead branches, should i do this now or in the autumn?

8 May, 2011


No point in waiting much longer if you're CERTAIN that the branches are dead, especially if it looks ugly. You may have to shape it once the dead parts are off.

8 May, 2011

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