Help identifying shrub/tree
I'm in the Chicago suburbs (5a?)
I wonder if you can help me identify this ornamental tree (or huge shrub). You can probably see in the pic that I pruned all the bottom branches off last season, but it grows very aggressively from the bottom, so now it's a freak. My wife is suggesting I cut off all the top (old) growth and keep it lower and more shrub-like.
* How should this think look if managed properly?
* Should I let it all fill in and be a tall flowering tree?
* it is terrible with sending out shoots. I just mow them. Any thoughts on that? http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/A8ZN-VXQQEaOQEBLNDrg0A?feat=directlink http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/qRzHMlLVArJb2_N0dYsiqQ?feat=directlink