Displays large, long lasting clusters of dark purple crepe-like flowers. Handsome foliage has bronzy cast in spring, bright green in summer, orange-red fall color. This upright, deciduous shrub or small tree has remarkable exfoliating bark. will make a nice accent or specimen plant, can also be used as a screen or hedge. Prune in late winter or early spring while still dormant. Prefers well-drained soil. Deciduous.