Plants with purple leaves provide a great contrast to the usual greens in your landscape. Purple smoke tree definitely fits the bill - not only do some cultivars have purple leaves, the shrub also has large smoky purple-pink "puffs" because of infertile flower clusters.
You can also train purple smoke bush as a standard for use as a tree. It will grow in Zones 4-9. If you live in these areas, be sure to check out the Shrub of the Week - purple smoke bush.
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