volunteer madrona tree gone wild

by Tim
(Seattle, WA, USA)

I live in Seattle, a few miles inland, and a volunteer madrona popped up on the south side of a big cedar, right on the edge of the drainage culvert on the south side of the property. I think it's about three years old now, and it has grown into the street somewhat. The landlord is inclined to have it removed, but I talked her down from a hasty decision with the understanding that I would try to find out the best way to try to keep such a cool tree without incurring the wrath of city government concerned with tree encroachment upon streets and culverts.

Any advice?
Sorry if the picture is sideways....

Ron here...

You could try directing its growth by pulling on limbs with a rope and tying it away from where it shouldn't go.

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