"Gather ye rose-buds while ye may." Robert Herrick

"Gather ye rose-buds while ye may." Robert Herrick

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Donna Baker

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Smokebush Tree


I was driving in the city the other day and saw this smokebush tree.  I have never seen this color before.  It is called Royal Purple.  

It is lovely and I'd love to have one, but alas, no room.

18 comments:

  1. It is indeed beautiful. I have only ever seen much more muted versions. And lust after this one.
    Thank you.

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  2. What a beautiful bush.
    When living in Laguna Beach we use to have Plum Trees have dark bark and the leaves where a deep purple and very pretty.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. Oh, Laguna Beach... It must have been hard to leave.

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  3. It's not a bush I know at all Donna, but I agree that it looks as though it needs plenty of room.

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    1. Yes Pat, this one was at least ten feet tall.

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  4. Maybe they are called 'smokebush' because of the way they release pollen in clouds as I have seen them do? It really looks as though they are on fire, and I have thought that this was what Moses saw in the desert - smoke without fire.

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    1. Oh Tom, I didn't know about the pollen. It is just so ethereal and different. I rarely ever see them.

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  5. This deep, deep color reminds me of a tree I like very much on "dog hill" in Central Park. It appears in a photo in one of my posts about walking across the Park.

    Tom's comment about the reason for smokebush as a name is interesting.

    xo

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    1. Yes it was Frances. I just rarely see them, though obviously they can grow around here.

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    1. Oh yes, room at the farm, however, as I posted before, nearly everything I've ever planted has been burned, poisoned by herbicide or cut by the weed eater. I have given up planting at the farm. I'll be digging up some plants to take to the city, like iris or seeds from plants.

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  7. Like you I have no room in the gardens here so I purchased a small one from our corner nursery and planted it in a ceramic pot. Each fall I cut it back hard and in spring that beautiful burgundy foliage comes back making a nice three foot shrub.

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    1. Wow, Doc, I had no idea it would grow in a pot. I too look for small versions of large shrubs, trees and bushes, but rarely can find them. I have been looking for a small blue atlas weeping cedar for ages. I did find a small, (quart sized) weeping Japanese maple and brought it to the city. I never know whether to cut plants back or not.

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  8. We have those here too..:) They are striking!I'll take a pic..one or two homes have super specimens that I have noticed:)

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    1. I'd love that Monique. It's the first one I've seen besides a catalog.

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  9. There is one of these bushes in a neighbour's garden - they are quite weird aren't they - they look like they have gone up in a puff of smoke.

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    1. Yes Elaine, I thought they were rare, but it seems they aren't.

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