burning questions about a burning bush

This is the Burning Bush (Euonymus alatus) in our front yard (I believe that’s what it is, anyway).

Burning Bush

It was heavily manicured before we bought the house last year, which resulted in a lopsided appearance.

tree in front yard - think it's a Burning Bush (Euonymus alatus)

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!

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2 thoughts on “burning questions about a burning bush

  1. I’d personally remove it. It’s super random having one poorly pruned shrub just plopped in your lawn. And there are much better shrubs for wildlife/color.

    • Thanks, Heather! The more I think about this, the more I agree – it needs to go. It’s just really weirdly placed and I’d much rather have something native or at least not invasive. Thank you!

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