Amelanchier x grandiflora Ballerina

  • Flowering month: April
  • Flower colour: White
  • Leaf colour - autumn: Orange / Red

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.

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 trees for sale

Item
Height in 10 years
Price inc. VAT
Quantity
3-year Ballerina tree - in a 12L pot
2.5m-3.5m tall after 10 years
£44.95
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Ballerina characteristics

Growing

  • Attractive features: Attractive flowers Autumn foliage colour
  • Height 10 years: 2.5m-3.5m / 8ft-12ft
  • Growth habit: Upright-spreading
  • Growth rate: Average
  • Vigour: Slightly large
  • Site conditions: Occasional flooding
  • Sunlight: Prefers full sun Some shade
  • Pruning: Light prune
  • Gardening skill: Suitable for beginners

Identification

  • Flowering month: April
  • Flower colour: White
  • Leaf/Flower sequence: Flowers appear first
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Leaf colour - young: Light copper
  • Leaf colour - autumn: Orange / Red
  • Fruit colour: Blue - dark
  • Annual cycle: Deciduous
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit

Using

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