Common name: Purple smoketree ‘Royal Purple’ * What it is: A small tree or large shrub with rich, deep-burgundy, oval leaves and airy, pinkish flower clusters in summer that look like puffs of pink smoke. Leaves turn scarlet in fall.
Smokebush transforms into a crimson red after a summer sprinkled with yellow flowers. Smokebush is a shrub that can be pruned into a small tree with the help of a certified arborist The Garden Plot: 10 Best Trees for Brilliant Fall Color
dark stems of the self-sown Joe-Pye weed (Eupatoriadelphus maculatus) echo the similarly dark smokebush, the Tropicanna canna (Canna ‘Phaison’), and the Diabolo ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Monlo’).