A tree at my house in Seattle, Washington, USA has these leaves. Can someone tell me what it is?

A tree at my house in Seattle

  • $\begingroup$ Do you have a photo of the flowers? $\endgroup$ – Martin Hügi May 17 '17 at 6:55

It looks similar to a Cotinus coggygria, which is a shrub that we call a Smokebush in the UK. But given your location, it could be Cotinus obovatus, known as American smoketree.

See http://dendro.cnre.vt.edu/dendrology/syllabus/factsheet.cfm?ID=415

The leaves will start green and progressively change colour to deep reds in the autumn with sprays of pink-purple flowers in the summer that from a distance look like smoke, hence the name.

Here are some images I have found on the web.

enter image description here http://www.cirrusimage.com/tree_American_smoke.htm

enter image description here http://allthedirtongardening.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/smoke-tree-smoke-bush-coninus.html

  • $\begingroup$ Hello Martin, could you explain why you think it is Cotinus sp, ideally with links to references and images. You may also like to read this and find many sample responses to some highly received species-id questions here. $\endgroup$ – Tyto alba May 17 '17 at 18:37

I think this may be a Chokecherry. Prunus virginiana 'Canada Red'

Found this on a Washington nursery website so it would make sense that it would be planted in your region. I am inclined to think it is closer to this species than a smoke bush based off what I can see from the flower in the photograph.

  • $\begingroup$ Possibly, although the leaves appear to be smooth-edged, rather than serrated $\endgroup$ – Martin Hügi May 23 '17 at 7:51
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    $\begingroup$ That's a good point. I would have rather left a comment because not 100% sure, but didn't have enough reputation. $\endgroup$ – Rhizoqueer May 23 '17 at 15:24

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