A fascinating Japanese Maple, Acer palmatum 'Ukigumo' or 'Floating Clouds' is a deciduous shrub or small tree with a most outstanding variegated foliage. Emerging pale green in spring with white spots and soft pink shades on the edges, the medium-sized leaves are very deeply divided and radiate openly. Some may have no markings while others may be solid white or pink. Later in the season, the pink fades away. Sometimes gracefully twisted and undulated, the elegant foliage turns yellow-orange in fall, before shedding to the ground. Slow growing, this Japanese Maple enjoys a compact, upright habit with short horizontal twigs forming a semi-dense plant and creating an interesting appearance during the dormant season. It is ideal for containers or small gardens.
- Grows up to 7-12 ft. tall (210-360 cm) and 4-8 ft. wide (120-240 cm).
- A part shade lover, this plant is easily grown in moist, organically rich, slightly acidic, well-drained soils. Mulch helps retain soil moisture and keep roots cool. Leaf scorch can be caused by lack of soil moisture or excessive exposure.
- Perfect as specimen plant in cottage gardens, city gardens, small gardens or for containers.
- Low maintenance, this plant needs little pruning. If pruning is necessary, prune during the dormant season and avoid pruning in spring when the sap is running. Fertilize in spring before the leaves emerge.
- May be affected by horse chestnut scale, aphids, verticillium wilt.
- Propagate by grafting or softwood cuttings