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Amelanchier x grandiflora 'Ballerina'


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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous shrub

Flower colour



Autumn colour, Flowers, Dramatic foliage



Skill level


photo by Jason Ingram, copyright GAP Photos (21542)

Plant details

More of a giant deciduous shrub than a typical tree, its grown for its terrific leaves and flowers. The new leaves are a big attraction because they open bronze, but they give another very good show in the autumn when they turn reddish-purple before falling. In mid-spring the shrubby growth is liberally covered by a mass of large white flowers, which stand out even more because they appear before the leaves. 'Ballerina' is typically placed in the centre of an island bed, with an under-planting of spring bulbs, where it can be seen from all sides. It has been given the Award of Garden Merit (AGM) by the Royal Horticultural Society.

Family: Rosaceae

Genus: Amelanchier

Species: grandiflora

Cultivar: 'Ballerina'

Plant type: Deciduous shrub

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Autumn colour, Flowers, Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Moist, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 800cm

Spread: 600cm

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