I was given a small sapling from a friend who said it was a Japanese tree, small, perfect for my small Minneapolis yard. I planted it in the front yard, and now see it is a bush not a tree. How can I get rid of it. It looks very strange in the middle of my front yard.
Hennepin County Minnesota shrub
Cut it off at the ground. Keep cutting it off until it does not grow back or dig up the roots to remove it completely.
I don't have a photo to look at or a identification of the shrub but many shrubs can be grown as small trees if only one trunk is allowed to grow. Cut all but the largest off at ground level. The person who gave you the tree should also be asked for advice.