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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.

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)
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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

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • AwardsRHS Award of Garden Merit
  • Attractive featuresAttractive flowersAutumn foliage colour
  • Growth habitUpright-spreading
  • Height after 10 years2.5m-3.5m / 8ft-12ft3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
  • SunlightPrefers full sunSome shade
  • PruningLight prune
  • Growth rateAverage
  • Site conditionsOccasional flooding
  • Flower colourWhite
  • Flowering monthApril
  • Leaf colourGreen
  • Leaf colour - autumnOrange / Red
  • Leaf/Flower sequenceFlowers appear first
  • Fruit colourBlue - dark
  • Fruit persistenceRipens over a period
  • WildlifeAttractive to birds
  • Annual cycleDeciduous