The first of what will be several "what are these" posts from me, having just bought a house with a mature garden which seems to have been originally planned and planted with great care and knowledge, but hasn't been tended to beyond basic pruning for a few years. The plot is square with the house in one corner, so the "front" garden sort of joins onto the "back" garden via a bridge over a pond which curves around the corner of the house. The "front" garden seems to have a Japanese theme, with a lovely acer, a pond with a curving bridge and lots of local pebbles around it, and a bamboo, fatsia, hosta etc. So, any ideas of what is the big bare tree in the back of this picture please?
p.s. the big tree/shrub in the foreground is going to go. I think it's a euonymous gone mad - it's higher than eyelevel from our bedroom window (i.e. approx 15ft high) and sprouting at the top and has obviously ended up significantly bigger than was intended as it's completely blocking a path which is meant to go around it! If there are any suggestions other than euonymous let me know. But I reckon we'll be calling the tree surgeon to deal with it (it's about 6ft diameter so not really take-to-the-tip stuff )