We bought a house a few months ago that has a magnolia tree in the front, as shown below:
As you can see, it's sort a mess, with long thin branches shooting upwards and down. If you get inside of it, it almost looks as if someone took an imaginary dome over it and just cut everything back indiscriminately. As such, the tree grows up to about a 5-6 foot height, and then at that point you just have a bunch of long, thin sucker-like branches coming off from every large branch. An example of this is shown here:
The top of the tree is the same, with the sucker-like branches extending 4-5 feet upwards with no other structure, as shown here:
Am I correct to believe this plant is not supposed to look like this? And if so, is it salvageable? How should we prune this to get it back to a regular shape? I'm okay if we need to do it piecemeal over the course of a few years.