1 Pink summer flowers are like fluffy plumes of smoke.
2 It’s a deciduous shrub whose foliage is dramatic red all year but becomes more purple in autumn.
3 Grows to 5m (16ft) – ideal at the back of a border.
4 This particular cultivar sounds a bit regal.
5 Fossils have been found of this plant that date back to the Pliocene era – roughly between two and five million years ago!