Volunteer Tree - maybe Brachychiton....what to do about it?
So there is a volunteer brachychiton (I'm pretty sure after much research - aka Bottle Tree) in my very small backyard that I haven't had the nerve to remove.....I'm not sure why I have a sentimental attachment to it - irrational for sure. We bought the place a year ago and the yard looked like an abandoned lot - but there was this funny little 18" high tree growing and ...well I didn't pluck it when it was easy and here we are. It's now like 9' tall and growing like gangbusters!!! It seems to be a rare kind as I haven't definitively identified the cultivar...maybe a crossbreed.
It either came in via a bird, or perhaps someone else previously cut it down and it came from a root?
There is a huge old orange tree back there too - about 12 feet from it. Another concern is digging up/injuring orange tree roots which cover the whole yard pretty much.
Its size is finally making inaction no longer possible. Do you think I could dig it up for transplant? Or is that silly/impractical/misguided? Or just chop it at the ground?
A volunteer squash is growing at its base....no idea what it is either and been waiting to find out. ;)
Any advice for a hapless newbie to landscaping?