Deciduous, Shrubs, Trees
Unusual and colorful shrub-trees creating a broad, urn-shaped mass usually as wide as high. Naturally multistemmed, but can be trained to a single trunk. Common name is 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 Texas, New Mexico. To 2–3 ft. tall, 1 1/2 ft. across. Blooms heavily, bearing reddish ...
Only 1 in. tall, spreading to 3 ft. The cylindrical leaves turn red in fall and winter, green up again...
Native to North America, Asia, Europe. Clumps of narrow dark green leaves grow to 1–2 ft. tall a...