A Stray Tree

See this tree on the left that forms a sort of canopy over the walkway? It grew completely naturally. N trimmed the top so that it wouldn’t obscure the flag but everything else happened by itself.

We used to have a small bush there that got eaten by bugs while we were on vacation. We removed the sad, blackened stump, and started debating what to plant in this spot. I proposed a big, wild specimen. N wanted a small, neat plant. While the discussion continued, this tree grew, and now I adore it. I particularly like that it’s a weed.

If anybody knows the name of this plant, please let me know.

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21 thoughts on “A Stray Tree

    1. You are too kind to the Ukrainian song. It was horrid. I have no idea what they were trying to achieve but the mix between boy-band vapidity and a cosplay at patriotism looks sad.

      The Spanish number wasn’t bad at all. I’m pleasantly surprised.

      Why Sweden won will be a mystery I’ll never understand. It’s the blandest performance ever. I forgot it before it even ended.

      Finland should have totally won. It’s memorable, fun.

      I will never understand Eurovision, never.

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  1. You could take a picture of the leaves as well and post it to “what plant is this” on reddit. If it is a weed tree then you need to get rid of it because it can wreck your pavement.

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  2. Absolutely not! πŸ™‚
    Repairing the walk will cost thousands of dollars and a broken walk is a falling hazard. Make sure the plant wont grow to big or remove it while you still can. My family let a poplar tree grow to close to the house before we realized it was a hazard and it cost a pretty penny to cut down. Poplars grow fast.

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    1. Eh. It could be one of those front walks out to the street… at a house where nobody parks on the street and everybody comes in through the garage. It depends.

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      1. Nah! Sooner or later, some salesperson or volunteer putting pamphlets on neighborhood front doors would trip on the broken walk and sue you for a million bucks.

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          1. It’s probably geographical. Where I live, large trees are a major asset– even with the risk they’ll fall on your house in a hurricane. Houses with no trees in the yard are nearly un-livable, so every tree is a welcome addition– particularly if it will shade the south and west walls and/or your roof. Perhaps in cooler climes, the equation is weighted differently πŸ˜‰

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            1. I’m obsessed with the shade, and I really like wild, uncontrolled greenery. We were told scary stories about our magnolia, that it would destroy the water pipes, and we need to cut it down. I refused, and now I can read by the window with huge, purple flowers hanging over me. It’s amazing. Yay for trees.

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              1. Your magnolia has purple flowers? Is it one of those Japanese ones?

                I discovered a bay magnolia in my yard this morning, and was delighted– all this time it had been hiding next to an oak tree, and I assumed they were the same thing. It put out some suckers at eye-level and I finally got a good look at the leaves… all of which had previously been obscured up in the oak canopy.

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              2. They are more like pinkish purple type. Really big flowers. So beautiful. Congratulations on finding one in your yard! I recently found the tobacco plant in mine, and I love those. They smell so nice.

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              1. I’m confused by this response, perhaps there is something about the climate or landscape in SA that I’m missing. It takes real effort to prevent trees growing anywhere and everywhere, here. Do they simply have no unpaved space around their dwellings? Is access to water a problem (if so, I would think that would be a much more pressing problem than not having trees)? Do they live on stone ridges with no soil?

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