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Graham Rice's New Plants Blog

Graham Rice Garden writer and plantsman Northamptonshire and Pennsylvania

Editor-in-Chief of the RHS Encyclopedia of Perennials; writer for a wide range of newspapers and magazines including The Garden and The Plantsman; member of the RHS Herbaceous Plant Committee and Floral Trials Committee; author of many books on plants and gardens.

  • Date Joined: 18 Oct 2006

Fiery new sorbus

Posted by Graham Rice on 15 Apr 2009 at 05:25 PM

Sorbus commixta Olympic Flame ('Dodong')For the next few posts here on the RHS New Plants blog, I'm going to feature the new plants in the latest RHS Plant Finder that are listed by the most nurseries. There is a grand total of 3,760 new entries in this year's Plant Finder and the fact that so many nurseries recognise the merit of these new plants is a good indicator of their quality. So, equal fourth (with two others) out of the top six is a tree - Sorbus commixta Olympic Flame (‘Dodong').

This is a lovely mountain ash, with unusually large, shiny green foliage up to 30cm long and 20cm wide with fifteen or seventeen leaflets; the leaves turn an impressively brilliant orange-red in the autumn. Earlier, there are large creamy heads of flowers followed by pear-shaped orange-red berries. The tree grows to about 10m in height and 4-5m wide, is good in exposed situations and its large leaves and large fruits really make it stand out.

Sorbus commixta Olympic Flame ('Dodong')

Olympic Flame is derived from seed collected as long ago as 1976 on the South Korean island of Ullungdo and was selected in Sweden. Originally named ‘Dodong', for the port on the island of Ullungdo, in Britain it's sold under the name of Olympic Flame.

This is a sparkling tree for many gardens, with colour and interest from spring to autumn.

You can buy Sorbus commixta Olympic Flame (‘Dodong') from these seven RHS Plant Finder nurseries.



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