I have seen a Japanese maple tree that is approx. 5 feet tall. The leaves are the larger, not lacey type. The tree has about 5 to 6 biforcations. Half the tree is green, half the tree is purple. Its color is evenly split in half. Does anyone know the name of this tree?
Japanese Maple Tree
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Most Japanese maples are grafted varieties, since growing them from seed is challenging. Since that's the case, you can't ever be sure that the result of a graft will look the same as the parent plants or that it will look exactly as what was hoped for. It sounds like the tree you saw may be a grafted cultivar, and if that's the case, it would be difficult to identify what variety the parent plant(s) were.
You can read more about grafting Japanese Maples at https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/japanese-maple/japanese-maple-grafting.htm