A very useful shrub with foliage emerging light red, maturing to a deep wine purple and then giving way to rich scarlet fall colour. The name smoke bush comes from the smokey haze of the flowers as they cover the plant in summer. Prune to maintain desired size. Can be pruned into a standard (tree) shape.
Europe and Western Russia
Dry hillsides, rocky places and open woods, usually on limestone, to 1300m.