|Named for its dark purple leaves and white bark with purple tinges. Narrow, conical tree with warty, branchlets and peeling bark. Reaches up to 30' tall and about 10' wide. Rough, dark cracks on trunks are characteristic of older trees. Leaves are toothed, diamond shaped and turn yellow in fall. Males bear tan colored catkins in early spring. This tree prefers cooler climates, developing too many disease problems in warmer areas. Nice when used with night lighting or planted in groves.