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Commonly known as Smoke bush, Venetian sumach, Wig tree
DeciduousOval, purple leaves to 10cm (4in) long, turning brilliant translucent red in autumn.
PurpleShades of purple/mauve/lilac/violet
Tall ShrubVigorous shrub or small tree.
Hardy - very cold winterHardy in all of UK and northern Europe. Plant can possibly withstand temperatures down to -20°C (-4°F)
Full sunTo produce best colour.
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Additional FeaturesPests & DiseasesSusceptible to Verticillium wilt. Powdery mildew may affect purple-leaved varieties.Place of originSouthern Europe to central China
Flower ShapePaniclesInconspicuous flowers in filamentous panicles to 15cm (6in) long
Leaf Colour (if not green)Purple
(see photos above)
Pruning groupPruning group 1Suitable for: Deciduous and evergreen trees, and some deciduous shrubs.
Pruning: Minimal pruning required. Prune wayward or crossing branches to maintain a healthy framework.
When: When dormant in the late winter/early spring. Some in the summer/autumn to prevent bleeding of sap.
RHS group 1Pruning group 4Suitable for: Deciduous trees and shrubs that flower on current year's growth or are grown for winter stem effect.
Pruning: Hard prune to a low permanent framework.
When: Annually in early Spring.
RHS group 5, 6 & 7For larger leaves
Soil ConditionsFertile moist well-drained soil
Tree ShapeRounded to broadly spreading