Monday, August 3, 2009
Evil Weed Tree
Hi all! I really need help identifying this thing. It's cropping up everywhere in my landlady's yard.
The major one is along a fence - It's nearly 20 feet tall! A 12-footer is about 3 feet away. One smaller one appears 10 feet away from the main, and it's growing from my house foundation. I keep it hacked back, but it keeps on coming. This guy is infected with woolly aphids, too. :(
There are 2 more about 20 feet along the fence - the landscape guy keeps cutting them back, but they are up to 4 feet or better within weeks. Dozens of small ones are growing out from under the patio and into the back yard - this is on the exact opposite side of my house from the woolly aphid-infested one.
The leaves are lobes and soft - not shiny. They're broad - the largest ones are much bigger than my hand. The edges of the leaves are serrated, but still very soft.
The stems are extremely woody, and it's much more like a tree. It is extremely heat and drought tolerant.
It's evil and won't go away! Need ID to locate best control methods.