I had a Japanese maple of an unknown variety at the house I grew up at. Used to love sitting under that tree. I wanted another one.
I went to a local nursery, and by looking at various types, I figured the one we had was probably of the bloodgood variety. But I fell in love with the cutleaf waterfall after seeing one they had there.
Picked out the weirdest shaped one I could find and threw it in the truck.
Hopefully it thrives and will one day look something like this: