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I recently moved home to Devon, to a house with a well established mature garden. There are several of the plants shown in the photo attached. They seem to be tree like, given a single woody stem and between 1 and 3 M tall. They have a look of a holly hock, but I dont think they are.
I would be grateful for any help.
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David

Can anyone identify this plant

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  • Posted: Mon. 19th April 2021 09:30

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Reply from pauline

Your post is very interesting, because for several years I've had one or two of these popping up randomly in my garden. They can get very tall, and I used the stem of one to make a walking stick! It's obviously a mallow, a relation of hollyhocks and lavatera, but that's all I can tell you.

  • Posted: Mon. 19th April 2021 15:14

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Reply from David Dearden

Many thanks

  • Posted: Tue. 20th April 2021 11:52

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Reply from Simon Hickmott

Tree Mallow, Lavatera arborea.

  • Posted: Mon. 19th April 2021 21:08

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Reply from David Dearden

Many thanks

  • Posted: Tue. 20th April 2021 11:52

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Reply from Nicola

Hi David, another comment from a follower on social media:

"That is Malva arborea (syn. Lavatera arborea). It’s a native of coastal areas esp. in the west. Recently, it has started to move inland, prob. due to warming climate, road salting and as a garden escape."

Hope that is useful?

  • Posted: Tue. 20th April 2021 21:38