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Ballerina

Ballerina is an attractive small flowering tree with an upright spreading form. It is rather more vigorous and "tree-like" than many other Amelanchiers, and in spring from a distance can easily be mistaken for a crab-apple or hawthorn.

The new leaves emerge with coppery tints, before turning green over the summer, and then attractive red and orange autumn colours.

Small blueberry-like fruits are borne in the summer, these are edible but best left to the birds.

Amelanchier x grandiflora

Ballerina amelanchier trees for sale

  • 3-year pot-grown tree £44.95
    In a 12L pot
    Medium size (2.5m-3.5m after 10 years)
    Out of stock

History

Ballerina is usually catalogued as belonging to the species Amelanchier x grandiflora, which is a natural hybrid of Amelanchier laevis and Amelanchier arborea. It is sometimes included in Amelanchier x lamarckii - these hybrid species are not easy to separate.

Ballerina characteristics

  • Growing

    • Awards:RHS Award of Garden Merit
    • Gardening skill:Beginner
    • Attractive features:Attractive flowersAutumn foliage colour
    • Growth habit:Upright-spreading
    • Height after 10 years:2.5m-3.5m / 8ft-12ft3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
    • Flower colour:White
    • Flowering month:April
    • Leaf colour - autumn:Orange / Red
    • Leaf colour - summer:Green
    • Leaf/Flower sequence:Flowers appear first
    • Fruit colour:Blue - dark
    • Sunlight:Prefers full sunSome shade
    • Pruning:Light prune
    • Growth rate:Average
    • Site conditions:Occasional flooding
  • Identification

    • Annual cycle:Deciduous
  • Using

    • Wildlife:Attractive to birds
    • Fruit persistence:Ripens over a period