Acer palmatum Murakumo is a new cultivar for Eastfork Nursery. This nearly white beauty is actually hundreds of white dots on the small green leaves. In Japanese the name means ‘gathering clouds’ which is a good representation of this charming maple. Summer color varies from nearly white as in the spring to pale green. Fall color is pink to crimson. Afternoon shade is a must. In areas of the country where summer time temps are consistently 100 degrees – you should plant in mostly shade with only a little morning sun or dappled sun to prevent the leaves from burning. Customers who live in these zones are most likely aware of this restriction. For more information see Care and Maintenance of Japanese Maples.Once established in the ground this maple is hardy to -10 degrees – USDA zone 6.
Acer palmatum Murakumo is a moderate growing upright that may reach 8′ tall and 4′ wide in 10 years. It has a slender growth habit that is ideal for a smaller shady garden location. This white cloud-like cultivar is rare in the leaf color world of Japanese Maples. I have two other cultivars with predominately white leaves – Ukigumo and Peve Multicolor.
Murakumo, like all other maples requires good drainage with only early morning sun or dappled shade. Japanese Maples are special and unique trees. They vary in shape, size, color and growing needs. They are not temperamental or hard to grow, but you do need to understand their differences. Learning about the do’s and don’ts for different cultivars is the key. For this reason, if you want to have a beautiful display of these versatile and beautiful trees, the more knowledge you have of individual cultivars, the better.
If you love Japanese Maples as much as I do, you can learn more about these amazing trees by joining the Facebook Group – Japanese Maples and Conifers.I also recommend you join the Maple Society North American Branch both are free to join – you just have to be a Facebook member. The contributors to the groups have a wealth of experience and post many photos.