Smoke bush, Cotinus coggygria, is a deciduous shrub that's also commonly known as royal purple smoke bush, smokebush, smoke tree, and purple smoke tree. Smoke bush is often used as a garden specimen thanks to its beautiful purple-pink smokey plumes and the purple leaves found on some cultivars.Smoke bush has an upright, multi-stemmed habit. The leaves are waxy green except for those cultivars with purple leaves, and are 1 1/2 to 3 inches long, ovate in shape. They turn yellow, orange, or purplish-red in fall, depending on variety. The name "smoke bush" derives from billowy hairs attached to the flower clusters which remain in place through the summer, turning a smoky pink to purplish-pink as the weeks progress. Purple smoke bush is dioecious, meaning it has staminate and pistillate (male and female) flowers borne on different individuals.