Sorbus ulleungensis Olympic Flame
- Best seller
- Height 10 years: 3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
- Growth habit: Upright
- Leaf colour - autumn: Orange / Red
- Fruit colour: Orange / Red
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.
Since 2014 Sorbus 'Olympic Flame' has been 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 trees for sale
1-year Olympic Flame tree - bare root
2-year Olympic Flame tree - in a 12L pot
What will it look like?
Illustrative example of a pot-grown tree of this variety as supplied.
(Approx. girth: 6/8).
Trees should reach their mature height after about 10 or more years.
We may also have 1-year bare-root trees of this variety - they are not shown here.
Leaves may not be present during winter, and we may prune some shoots to fit the delivery carton. Size may vary during the season and between batches.
The container (if supplied) is only used for transporting the tree, which should then be planted out in the garden or in a much larger patio planter (not all species are suitable for patio planting).
Olympic Flame characteristics
- Attractive features:
Attractive fruit Autumn foliage colour
- Height 10 years:
3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
- Growth habit:
- Growth rate:
- Site conditions:
Coastal site Occasional flooding
- Useful for:
Open spaces Street / amenity
- Hardiness rating (RHS):
H6 (to -20C)
- Disease resistance:
- Gardening skill:
Suitable for beginners
- Country of origin:
- Flowering month:
- Flower colour:
- Leaf colour:
- Leaf colour - young:
- Leaf colour - autumn:
Orange / Red
- Fruit colour:
Orange / Red
- Annual cycle:
RHS Award of Garden Merit
- Fruit persistence:
Attractive to birds
How to choose a Rowan or Whitebeam tree
We have a very wide range of Sorbus (rowan and whitebeam) trees. Choosing can be difficult! Our article explaining the different berry and leaf colours might help narrow down the selection.