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Help to identify this Plant please (Hibiscus?)

Hello,
I have inherited this plant but I have no idea what it is. 
Leaves are covered in a hair, and it seems very fast growing with quite a thick woody stem. 
I’ve tried running it through a few apps but the results vary from Mallow Tree to Hibiscus to Hollyhock. Would like to identify it so I can maintain it properly and know how to correctly prune it before it takes over the flowerbed (it’s in full sun)
Thanks in advance!

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  • bertrand-mabelbertrand-mabel Posts: 1,517
    Doesn't look like Hibiscus.
    Flowers though do look like hollyhocks but leaves don't match.
  • Doesn't look like Hibiscus.
    Flowers though do look like hollyhocks but leaves don't match.
    This is the problem I’m having identifying it. Seems it either has the leaves of one plant or the flower of another! 
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,336
    Lavatera (tree Mallow) of some kind I think (same family.)  Care = lots and lots of water but very well drained soil.  There are so many types and they seed, so it may not be a specific cultivar.
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Lavatera (tree Mallow) of some kind I think (same family.)  Care = lots and lots of water but very well drained soil.  There are so many types and they seed, so it may not be a specific cultivar.
    Thank you! I did think a tree mallow looked the closest, but didn’t know how much variety there could be. 
    It’s already quite large, can I prune it quite hard? 
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,336
    Yes, and now is the right time for pruning.  Have a look at the advice here:

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Yes, and now is the right time for pruning.  Have a look at the advice here:

    Thank you so much!
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