Acer palmatum 'Ukigumo' (Floating Cloud Japanese Maple)
In our judgment, the best, the most striking of white-variegated upright Japanese Maples. A big plus: almost no reversion to green but you receive them from us they will grow vigorously and it is fairly standard for them to be all green. In the years to come, when they settle down into slower growth and they will display the standard white and pink variegation.Though it is not a good choice for the deep South where the heat seems to keep the variegation permanently away. From a distance, the small green, white and pink variegated leaves have an ethereal effect. This conversation item is just perfect to showcase a shady spot in the garden, eventually reaching 16 ft. tall. No surprise here; its a Great Plant Picks selection.
"Variegated" doesn't begin to describe this extraordinary cultivar of a species that generally lacks ornamental merit. In addition to the leaves being purple beneath, they're a kaleidoscope of astonishing variegation throughout. It doesn't burn in full sun, and is exceptionally drought resistant and cold hardy. Whether placed as an accent against larger, darker trees, or as a specimen up front, it will elicit comments from all who enjoy seeing it for the first time. This goes on your 'buy list'. Make sure of it, OK? You'll be back for more.
Rarely available; selected as a branch sport on 'Satomi'. It has white-variegated foliage similar to 'Wolf Eyes', but the flower bracts and foliage are irregularly specked with pink. With irrigation it is not as susceptible to sunburn in Oregon, but reports from TN growers suggest that it may do best there in partial shade or on a north facing slope to protect it from the worst of late afternoon summer heat.
Cornus kousa 'Summer Fun' (Summer Fun Chinese Dogwood)
Introduced by Talon Buchholz, this brilliant, white-margin variegated clone seems perfectly sun tolerant and puts on a show to rival any of the daunting number of other white-variegated kousas. It is the most vigorous variegated clone we have grown.
Originally a branch sport, this dogwood is strongly white variegated. It's fine in the sun, but should be used to brighten a shady spot in the landscape. 'Wolf Eyes' is a compact plant and has excellent pink and red fall color.