Common Name: Smoke bush
Skill Level: Experienced
Exposure: Full sun, Partial shade, Shade
Soil type: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline
Time to take cuttings: June to July
All the smoke bushes are shapely rounded shrubs or small trees, once grouped with the sumachs (Rhus) and popular as specimen plants for their summer interest and autumn colour. There are green and purple-leafed forms, both kinds covered in summer with a smoky haze of soft open flower plumes, pinkish purple in the variety 'Grace'. This is a green-leafed variety with a showy display of flowers, followed in September and October by an incendiary change of leaf colour to an increasingly brilliant orange-red. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its Award of Garden Merit (AGM).
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