|A few seeds from fertile flowers are at the tips of the panicle.|
|Close up of the 'smoke'|
The species name, obovatus, refers to the distinctive oval shape of the blue-green leaves. It grows as a small tree or upright shrub , 20-30 feet tall. Young tree have a fairly ungainly appearance. These trees are probably about 8 years old. When they were planted here about 3 years ago, they were gangly stems without too many branches. So they have developed very nicely in just a few years.
|Buds forming on a younger plant in early May|
|Cotinus obovatus at the end of October|