Here is my Ukigumo Japanese Maple as it travels through time. This beautiful Acer palmatum has been with me for five years and it’s grown a lot. This years photo shows it weighted down with raindrops and with partial variegation. I recently read that variegation is influenced by cultural conditions and that the leaves will revert to plain green with too much fertilizer or too much sun. I love all the colors on my Ukigumo, which receives full afternoon sun. Sometimes it gets a little burned on hot summer days, but I like it where it is, welcoming me home.