The Ukigumo Maple (Acer palmatum ‘Ukigumo’) is a very unique ornamental tree with exceptional variegated leaves. Smaller-sized and slower-growing, this tree starts the spring off with a display of very light pastel green with white spots and pale pink edges. As the summer approaches the deeply divided leaves (but not dissected) lose the pink before emerging yellow-orange in the fall. This cultivar’s spring and summer foliage can vary depending on the environment it is growing in but you can count on a consistent fall color. In full sun it tends to be more pink in the upper canopy.
The Ukigumo Maple grows upright and branches horizontally, with the branches sometimes growing twisty and wavy, making it interesting within a winter landscape. It is a great choice in a small garden or in a container and can grow in partial or full sun with a definite preference towards partial sun. Prefers moist, well-drained soils.