LAST VESTIGES OF THE STORM
"SMOKY" EVENING CLOUDS
'ROYAL PURPLE' SMOKETREE
Friday, 8:00 AM. 29 degrees, wind SW, calm. The sky is mostly clear except for some high, thin, fast moving stratospheric clouds, which I assume are the last remnants of the big storm. The sky late yesterday afternoon was filled with beautiful, smoky clouds.
I have posted photos of the American smoketree in fall leaf color recently. The smoketree pictured is a purple leafed variety, Cotinus coggygria 'Royal Purple'. In general, I prefer the normal leaf coloration. Plants that have odd or off-season coloration can be difficult to use in the landscape, although they do have their place. However, they often clash with other elements of the landscape, or stand out too much.