Acer palmatum ‘Ukigumo’

floating clouds Japanese maple

Outstanding Qualities

Acer palmatum 'Ukigumo', also known as the floating clouds maple, is one of the most striking and beautiful variegated Japanese maples. The foliage emerges in spring brilliant white, blushed pink and green. Later in the season it turns into a pastel green and white cloud with a touch of delicate pink on the tips. Truly an arresting sight against a dark background and a spectacular conversation plant in the garden. This slow growing maple is great for small gardens.

Colors & Combos

Great Plant Combinations: Athyrium niponicum var. pictum, Lathyrus vernus, Polystichum polyblepharum, Actaea pachypoda, Acer circinatum ‘Monroe’

Great Color Contrasts: blue, burgundy

Great Color Partners: pink, cream, green

Culture Notes

This variegated maple develops the best foliage color in light to open shade. Japanese maples are surprisingly flexible in their soil requirements, but this slow grower will grow best in a rich well-drained soil or sandy soil. To prevent the leaves from burning at the tips avoid hot locations and water the tree regularly during dry weather. Well pruned Japanese maples are an art form in the garden and require an expert touch, so consult an experienced pruner or take local classes before attempting to prune.

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Quick Facts

Plant Type: upright tree

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 7 ft. 0 in. (2.13 m.)

Plant Width/Spread: 5 ft. 0 in. (1.52 m.)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 6 to 9

Sun/Light Exposure: light to open shade

Water Requirements: regular watering