Part of my regular neighborhood perambulation takes me through a section of parkland referred to by the City of Dallas as a “natural area” – the theory being that this several-acre plot has been intentionally left in a more or less undeveloped state.
Still, a certain amount of “stewardship” comes into play, probably because the neighbors fear that letting the native grasses and plants go entirely untended might increase the local vermin population. (And by this I refer to the non-human varieties.)
And so, periodically, a city parks crew will arrive with their mowing machines and industrial trimmers and lay a designated amount of waste to the “natural area” in the guise of keeping things at least moderately civilized.
They seem to have gone a bit too far in trimming back this particular shrub – whatever it might have been.