Sorbus 'DODONG'

Sorbus
Sorbus 'DODONG'
whitebeam
SIZE/TYPE medium-sized tree
USUAL HEIGHT 6-10m
USUAL WIDTH 3-6m
LEAVES deciduous broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES green
FLOWERS less showy but noticeable
COLOUR OF FLOWERS cream
BLOOMING TIME May - June
LOCATION full sun
USDA zone (lowest) 5   (down to -29°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Deciduous broadleaf
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Whitebeams domesticated in our landscape a long time ago and do well. Some are showy, others are more useful than pretty, yet worth growing. Dodong is a variety which originated from seeds that were collected on Korean island Ullung Do in 1976. The tree was named after its port town. It is believed to be a sorbus commixta hybrid.

Dodong is a whitebeam grown for its attractive foliage and fruit. The pinnate leaves are up to 25 cm long and composed of 15-17 lace-shaped, tapered, mid green and glossy leaflets. They gradually turn fantastic shades in autumn - from rich red margins and golden orange centres to red leaves all over.

In May appear large corymbs of creamy white flowers that are followed by scarlet red fruit in late summer which look especially exquisite on the background of lush green foliage. The fruit is not classified as edible since the seeds may contain small amounts of hydrogen cyanide (as in bitter almonds), therefore the fruit is not recommended for mass consumption. However, to be absolutely objective, the same is said about fruit of s.aucuparia which is commonly cultivated as an edible fruit tree.

Whitebeam will grow almost everywhere. It likes well-drained, preferably acid soil for best autumn colours. Dodong grows fast into an upright tree with broadly oval crown with open top. Pruning should be limited to avoid fungi infections. Its is hardy to about -29°C (USDA zone 5).

Last update 22-01-2019
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  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
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  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
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  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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