There's a saying that goes "Keep your friends close and your enemies closer." As far as the tree pictured here today, it is definitely an enemy. I need to know all about it in order to stop its treacherous advances. So I'm asking anyone with information about it to please come forward. I have no idea what this tree is. But I am convinced it is an evil invader that must be destroyed.
Several years ago I had to cut down an old tree and hired a removal crew to do the job. While I had them over I asked them to please remove another tree like the one pictured, only it was slightly larger. It was growing in the exact same spot and, as I recall, had grown to six feet or taller in just a few months. The intrepid crew tied a rope around its base and then used a pick-up truck to wrench it from deep inside the earth (I'm beginning to believe the roots may reach the bowels of hell.) I was certain that was the end of the tree. I was so wrong.
It's back with a vengeance! Its persistence and "un-kill-ability" make me certain this is some sort of tree weed that will be nothing but trouble if I leave it be. And have no doubts, this tree is unkillable. In one of my finer efforts to get rid of it, I poured pounds of salt onto its roots and around its base. The tree said "Can I have some more, please." I see these trees all over the city growing in the most inhospitable environments, usually out of sidewalk cracks and butted up against walls. Interestingly enough, when the branches snap off, they emit a nice aroma. I'm not even sure they are branches. When they are snapped off they leave just a "trunk" that amounts to nothing more that a stick sticking out of the ground.
Perhaps I'm wrong about this mystery tree. But I can't take any chances. Anyone out there with an idea of what it might be and how to deal with it?