This hardy shrub well and truly proved itself through 12 years of drought. Any wonder really as it comes from the Mediterranean south of France. It’s deciduous and grows to 2 metres and revels in a well drained sunny site. Better than a Cercis ‘Forest Pansy’ in this respect.
It’s purple foliage lasts from spring to autumn when it will turn orange and yellow and in high summer it produces fluffy plumes that give it’s common name of smoke bush.
If the burgundy form isn’t enough for you you could plant C.c.’Flame’ which has green foliage in summer and brilliant autumn leaves or even the new C.c. ‘Golden Spirit’ with its bright gold leaves in summer and stunning autumn foliage or even the brand new C.c. ‘Good Girl’ which is small and compact with masses of fluffy plumes in summer and also colours superbly in autumn.
I have all these plus more in 8″ pots at the moment for $38.50.