OK, so we are fairly new to Maryland...and we have this shrub in our backyard. I'm not sure what it is, but I can tell you that: 1. It is not evergreen 2. It has a very odd exoskeleton around the stems 3. The birds LOVE hiding in it 4. It does not bear any berries or fruit 5. There are small cone shaped extensions (?) at the end of each stem, probably to make more leaves or stems 6. Leaves are asymmetrical 7. The leaves are teethed 8. The bush is about 10' - 12' and offers great privacy Please help! I would LOVE to know what this is!!! My kids LOVE it, and it makes a great fort for them to play under, it does not have any branches near the bottom of the bush, it's really cool! Thanks!!!