Our next contestant is a shrubby fellow, growing on what looks like a woody stem. It has bark, not soft green squishiness. He appears at the back of a neglected part-shade bed, so he could definitely be a garden plant planted deliberately, but it’s also possible he’s a volunteer–we’re talkin’ a solid year of neglect at least.
The leaves, as one can see, radiate out in bunches of five, not unlike a rhodedendron, but much thinner. The main plant is about two feet tall, but there are some smaller seedlings coming up around it.
The floor is open if you want me to sniff it, snap it, poke it–I draw the line at eating most of these, but other than that…
UPDATE: Looks like the consensus is a type of oak–willow or water–which means the Weed Must Die! Thank you everybody!