Smoke Bush has stunning dark red-purple foliage that turns scarlet in autumn. It has plume-like seed clusters, which appear after the flowers and give a long-lasting, smoky haze to branch tips. Smoke Bush is outstanding in a shrub border and is a great choice for massing or for hedges. They need minimal pruning to maintain a healthy framework. Grows best in moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade, but is tolerant of alkaline soils, moist, clay soils, dry, rocky soils, and drought.