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Purple Smoke Bush (Cotinus coggygria)

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Purple Smoke Bush (Cotinus)

Purple Smoke Bush (Cotinus)

Photo: © Marie Iannotti (2008) licensed to About.com, Inc.

Admit it, the first time you saw a Purple Smoke Bush you said "What the heck is that?" They're just one of the wonders of nature. They're labeled Purple, but the leaves are actually a purple-red and they get even redder, almost a cherry red, in the fall. Funny, you wouldn't think the leaves of a plant with flowers this spectacular would even get noticed, but the oval foliage is very nice in its own right. And Purple Smoke Bush combines beautifully with deep blue flowers, like delphiniums as well as with bright neon green and yellow.

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