Deciduous, Shrubs, Trees
Unusual and colorful shrub-trees creating broad, urn-shaped mass usually as wide as high. Naturally multistemmed, but can be trained to a single trunk. Common name derived from dramatic puffs of “smoke“ from fading flowers: as the tiny greenish blooms wither, they send out elongated stalks clothed in a profusion of fuzzy lavender-pink hairs.
Plants are at their best under stress in poor or rocky soil. In cultivated gardens, give them fast drainage and avoid overly wet conditions. Resistant to oak root fungus.
Native from southern Europe to central China. Typically 12–15 ft. high and wide, though it may eventually reach 25 ft. The roundish,1 1/2 –3-in. leaves are bluish green in the species, but purple-leafed types are more commonly grown.
Native to southern Europe, this herb grows 2 to 3 ft. high and wide, with aromatic, ferny-looking blue...
Native to Japan, China, and Korea. Twines to 15–30 ft. Grows fast in mild regions, more slowly w...
Unusual and colorful shrub-trees creating broad, urn-shaped mass usually as wide as high. Naturally mu...