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Commonly known as Smoke bush, Smoketree
Attractive billowy, smokey plumes in late summer and a good, variable autumn colour are the attractive features of this large shrub.
Genus of 5 species of deciduous trees and shrubs from rocky habitats from the Mediterranean region to China and southern USA.
Deciduous - trees and shrubs
Full sun - purple-leaved varieties show best colour in full sun.
Additional Features - Good to know - the smoky haze of soft flower plumes in summer give the plant its common name. Cutting stems back hard to within 2-3 buds of the base in early spring produces larger leaves.
Pests & Diseases - susceptible to Verticillium wilt. Powdery mildew may affect purple-leaved varieties.
Place of origin - Mediterranean to China, southern USA.
Soil Conditions - Fertile moist well-drained soil