Foliage: The most striking feature of ‘Royal Purple’ is its deep purple foliage, which emerges in spring and maintains its color throughout the growing season. The leaves are typically oval-shaped and have a glossy appearance.

Flowers: In early summer, ‘Royal Purple’ produces large, fluffy panicles of tiny, yellowish flowers. These flowers are not particularly showy individually, but en masse, they create a hazy, smoke-like effect, which gives the plant its common name, Smokebush.

Size: This cultivar typically grows as a large shrub or small tree, reaching heights of around 10 to 15 feet with a similar spread. It can be pruned to maintain a smaller size if desired.

Maintenance: Smokebush is generally low-maintenance and does not require heavy pruning. However, you can prune it in late winter or early spring to maintain its shape or encourage more vigorous growth.

Landscape Use: ‘Royal Purple’ is often used as a focal point in mixed borders, as a specimen plant in landscapes, or in mass plantings to create a dramatic color contrast with other plants.