Floating Cloud, or ‘Ukigumo’ Japanese Maple is one of the most brightly variegated varieties available with intense spring variegation. During the course of the summer, the foliage becomes less variegated which provides the plant with enough photosynthetic leaf area to still grow at a reasonable rate. Other variegated forms which hold the variegation longer can be frustratingly slow to mature.
Please note that young trees often show little to no variegation for the first few years. The variegation changes a lot from year to year and trees that are stressed (such as when newly planted) will typically not show variegation in that year. As the tree matures over 1-2 years it will begin to show much more noticeable pink and white color, with full variegation often starting in the third year. Even shade cover after mid-morning and well draining soil yield the most highly variegated trees.
Light Requirements: Partial Shade
Water Requirements: Easily grown in moist, well-drained soil