I apologize for this delayed reply to your gardening question. The spring rush has brought a deluge of questions and we are working hard to catch up!
Althea is a popular tree or shrub in the South. If pruned up around the base can be trained in to a more "treelike" form. It's just another option and how to train this plant.
Thanks for the question. Best wishes for a wonderful gardening season. Please stop in again soon!
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