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Olympic Flame rowan

Sorbus ulleungensis
Olympic Flame has received the RHS Award of Garden Merit
  • Best seller
  • Fruit colour: Orange / Red
  • Awards: RHS AGM (current) 2012
An attractive small rowan tree, its orange/red autumn leaf-colours are amongst the best.

Olympic Flame rowan for sale

Pot-grown

All pot-grown trees are suitable for planting out in the garden, some are suitable for growing in containers.

  • PG12-year 12L pot-grown tree £71.50
    Medium tree (2m-3m after 10 years)

Bare-root

  • BR11-year bare-root tree£44.50
    Medium tree (2m-3m after 10 years)
Pre-ordering

You can pre-order now, deliveries start in September.

Delivery charges

Delivery for a single tree starts at £9.95. It is calculated when you add trees to your basket, based on your postcode.

Olympic Flame is one of the best small rowans. The highly-feathered leaves start out as a copper green colour, becoming green over the summer, and then an intense orange / red in the autumn.

The small flowers are white, borne in large inflorescences in late spring, and develop into bright red fruitlets.

Unlike most rowans, the fruits do not stay on the tree (persist) into winter, although they are attractive to birds.

History

In 2014 Sorbus 'Olympic Flame' was re-classified in the species Sorbus ulleungensis. It was previously listed in the long-established rowan species Sorbus commixta which is native to Japan, Korea, and Sakhalin. The change resulted from research into the wild populations of Sorbus species on Ulleung Island, off the coast of Korea, which identified the new species based on its larger flowers and larger fruits.

Olympic Flame characteristics

Growing

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climatesMild damp climates

Problems

  • Disease resistanceGood

Identification

  • Country of originSouth Korea
  • Flowering monthMay
  • Blossom colourWhite
  • Fruit colourOrange / Red
  • AwardsRHS AGM (current)