I've long admired the Purple Smoke Trees that I see in gardens and landscapes. I've thought about planting one for a number of years, but each time I come across one, I opt against it. Until...this week. When I found a 'Royal Purple' Smoke Tree at the end-of-season sale at the orange big box store. It was too good of a price and I've been wanting to add some red to contrast the newly planted dwarf conifers in my new IB2DWs Conifer Garden. So, I bought it and stuck it in the ground closer to the sidewalk and pretty far back in the bed. You can see it in the photo below: Is this thing a tree? Or a shrub? It is referenced either way, but I'm calling it a tree - mostly due to the name. The tag says 'shrub', but... This becomes the last tree of 2023 and...amazingly...the 21st planted for the year. As for keeping score on a few fronts, let's first start with the Fall Planting Tally.