Purple glory is a small tree or sprawling shrub, typically 10 - 15 feet tall, but can be taller. It has gray mottled bark, not showy but without thorns. In nature, it has an irregular rounded crown with somewhat fragile branches; it can be pruned into a single tree or hedge. Leaves are evergreen to semi-deciduous, dark green, opposite to sub-opposite, velvety to smooth, leathery, simple, ovate, with small teeth on the edges and 4 - 8 inches long. Flowers are shades of purple; blooms are 2 inches wide with long stamens, borne in terminal bunches above the foliage. Bees and butterflies are attracted to the flowers. Fruits are dry, hard, round, brown in color, about 1/2 inch long, containing numerous small seeds. It is propagated by soft wood cuttings. Purple glory is a pioneer plant and hence tolerant of a range of soil types, but prefers well-drained sites. As a tree, hedge or on a trelis, this tree is a spectacular sight with its purple blooms. It is ideal as a specimen or accent in gardens, patios and decks, a small street tree, as well as in civic centers and conservatories, either in the ground or in a planter.