Sorbus commixta ‘Dodong’
(=S. ‘Dodong’, S. ‘Olympic Flame’)
In Sweden raised from seeds collected on the South Korean island Ulleungdo in 1976. Dodong is the name of the island’s harbour town.
Korea, Sakhalin, Japan.
Small to medium-sized, columnar, multi-stemmed large shrub or small tree.
6 to 8 (10) m in height and 3 to 4 m in spread.
Young shoots are red-brown, mature bark is grey-brown, smooth.
Deciduous, alternate, 20 to 30 cm long and to 20 cm wide, imparipinnate, 15 to 17 leaflets, 4 to 8 cm long, elliptic-lanceolate, long pointed, sharply serrate, early leafing-out, juvenile foliage is brownish, later dark green, slightly glossy; magnificent autumn colour ranging from dark yellow, vivid orange to fiery red.
White, loose inflorescences, 8 to 12 cm wide, glabrous, May / June.
Scarlet, spherical, pea-sized, held on the tree late into autumn.
Sun / partial shade
On all well-drained, not too moist, nutrient-rich soils, moderately alkaline to acid.
Tolerant of frost, this selection is still not widely used, medium strong annual growth, striking autumn colour and vibrant colour of fruit.