While I’m on the subject of purple, this beauty is called “Purple Smoke”. The buds are light and airy while it’s branches reach out in all sorts of twisted ways. It’s a showstopper in full bloom and loves the ocean air environment we have here at The Jersey Shore. What’s interesting is that you don’t see very many of these trees in the local landscape. It’s a shame too because it requires very little maintenance and delivers a spectacular riot of color.