May 2019 Plant of the Month 

‚ÄčThe smoketree or smoke bush is a genus of 2 species of flowering plants in the family Anacardiaceae, closely related to the sumacs.  They are large shrubs or small trees, native to the warm temperate northern hemisphere.  The leaves are deciduous, alternate, simple oval shape, 3-13 cm long.  The flowers are clustered and fluffy, resembling a cloud of smoke.

This plant is special to me because it was the last plant I purchased at Mendon's nursery.  They had many to choose from, which is not typical.  They seem to do well in our area. Look for others around town which should also be blooming.

Leisa Coletti