Every year it’s decorated for Christmas and Independence Day. Right now, it’s covered with several American flags and yellow ribbons. It also has its own water system set up underneath, with several large drums and a pipe to feed it water.
That’s where the tree gets its name -- the mystery tree. A mystery person or people decorate it every year, but it’s also a mystery because it manages to have survived several wildfires over the years.
“It’s survived wildfire after wildfire” says ADOT engineer Greg Gentsch. “We’re just happy it’s still here."
http://www.abc15.com/dpp/news/region_northern_az/other/%27mystery-tree%27-north-of-valley-survives-wildfire -via Arbroath