Smoke Bush Purple Form
Deep purple foliage provides a dramatic contrast to the usual green and oat-coloured grasses. Misty pink clouds of flower emerge in late spring to early summer and gracefully waft like puffs of smoke above the dramatic rounded leaves. Spectacular crimson foliage follows in autumn. The unusual almost perfectly matt surface of the leaves makes a striking feature in borders and mixed plantings, offering a unique saturation of colour. A feature tree in the dry garden at The Garden of St Erth. Medium growth rate.
Drought tolerant once established, smoke bush prefer an enriched well-drained soil with supplementary water during establishment and extended dry periods. Often pruned to just a few simple trunks to highlight their smooth bark and stunning plumes. Suitable for hard pruning, copicing and hedging, although when left natural, they make a stunning addition to the rear of the garden. Note: Seed grown so expect some variation in foliage and flower colour.