This small shrub gets it common name because of its bark, which
shreds and peels off readily in several layers. The species name
malvaceus means that the leaves resemble those of the Mallow
It grows in rich moist soil along the streamsides in our canyons.
The flowers occur in rounded clumps at the ends of the branches,
later maturing to dry papery fruits.
by Sandra Bray
Wasatch Mountain Canyons
Salt Lake County, Utah