This is the Burning Bush (Euonymus alatus) in our front yard (I believe that’s what it is, anyway).
It was heavily manicured before we bought the house last year, which resulted in a lopsided appearance.
I’m generally not inclined to like heavy pruning on most shrubs – I would rather let them be what they are and just be mindful in choosing things that by their nature are what I am looking for before I plant them. However, this one we inherited, so we need to make it work (unless we want to take it out, which I hate to do as birds seem to love it).
As you can see in the top photo, it has a ton of suckers growing out of the base of the main stems, and I’m not sure what to do with it. Should I let those grow up so it can form a round-ish shrub (a shape I’d find preferable), or is it bad for the plant to let those go? I’ve heard that Burning Bush can be invasive – should I be worried about the zillion tiny seedlings that we keep mowing over in the surrounding grass? While we’re mowing it’s probably nbd, but when I eventually get rid of the grass and plant perennials, will I be constantly pulling out seedlings? Any advice or experience with this will be much appreciated!