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Identification Please! A mallow?

San Francisco, CA

This little "tree" sprung up in my garden over the winter (san francisco). A friend guessed that it's a "mallow." It has not flowered and has grown to about 5 feet with a bare trunk and an oddly pyramid-shaped profile. The leaves are variegated and feel like geranium leaves. Any idea if it's a mallow or something else?

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San Francisco, CA

Here's a picture of the entire plant

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Salinas, CA(Zone 9b)

Looks like Tree Mallow (Lavatera arborea variegata). The leaves look right, anyway.


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