|Small tree with 3 inch rounded green to rich purple, almost black foliage. The name Smoke Tree comes from the lavender to purple plume-like panicles that form in summer, producing "poofs of smoke." Airy clouds of purplish red "smoke" in summer lend an exotic air. Unusual accent or specimen. 'Pendulus' has branches that are hanging or declined and was cultivated before 1885.