photo courtesy of Purdue Plant & Pest Diagnostic Lab
Both the varieties of smoke bush - green with flowers and the red leaved variety - are in this planter
The burgundy leaves of the 'Royal Purple' Smokebush deepen through the summer, turning a vibrant purple-red in fall, especially dramatic in full sun. Its colored leaves are its signature since 'Royal Purple' does not flower as reliably as the green leaved Smoke bush varieities.
Red leaved Smoke Bush with Japanese painted fern - a lovely combo. Photo by Jan Johnsen
One reason you may not see Smoke Bush often is that it grows slowly and does not look like much when you first plant it. But after a few years, Smoke Bush comes into its own. Just give it a little time and do not be afraid to keep it in check by pruning down tall branches in late winter /early spring. Aggresive pruning also ensures slightly larger leaves on a Smoke Bush!