Acer palmatum ‘Ukigumo’

('Ukigumo', Japanese Maple)


Hardiness Zones:

 6a  6b  7a  7b  8a  8b

Quick Overview:

The Floating Cloud Maple is a highly variegated cultivar displays striking colors on deeply cut foliage throughout the seasons. In spring, pastel green and pink leaves are decorated with spots, splashes and highlights of bright white variegation. In fall, leaves take on shades that range from apricot to fiery red. Elegant, low branching produces roughly equal height and width, making this an excellent choice for night lighting. Best in partial shade.


When fully grown this cultivar may only reach to 10′ with a width of 8′. It has a horizontal branching habit which makes for an interesting appearance during the dormant season. The variegated leaves are white and green with some pink. In the fall the leaves turn pink and then red before they are shed for the season. For this cultivar find a shady site where some sun is found in the morning followed by afternoon shade to keep the leaves from burning. Under dry conditions one could benefit from wetting down the soil around this tree once per week during the summer.

Additional information

Common Name

'Ukigumo', Japanese Maple

Botanical Name

Acer palmatum 'Ukigumo'


10 gallon

Evergreen or Deciduous


Hardiness Zone

6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b

Growth Rate


Light Requirements

Part-shade, Shade


10 ft.


8 ft.

Soil Condition


Water Needs




Foliage Color

variegated-green/pink and white

Deer Resistant


Fall Color

pink to red

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