Ballerina Samba Apple Trees. Fantastic compact eating variety, perfect for small gardens.
Malus domestica Ballerina Samba apple trees produce masses of highly decorative bright ruby-red crisp and juicy fruits for eating straight from the tree. It's one of the best of the minarette varieties for eating fresh, but they can also be made into a delicious crab apple jelly.
It grows as a compact columnar form with little or no side shoots. This means it really lends itself to being trained as a cordon, and is perfect for growing in a container making it suitable for the tiniest of gardens or even a balcony!
Malus domestica Ballerina Samba is best planted in a sunny sheltered spot out of the wind. It can look really striking when used as an architectural plant within a contemporary scheme.
It can be trained on wires as a cordon or planted in a large container on a patio or balcony. It has beautiful deep carmine flowers in April and May that are really attractive to bees and other pollinating insects. It is fully hardy and needs no protection in winter. If you're looking for other apple trees to compliment your scheme, you can browse our full range of apple trees here.
Look out for: Ballerina trees can be quite prone to disease and so they may call for the use of chemical sprays making them unsuitable for organic cultivation.
Occasionally new varieties will arise from chance seedlings with unusual characteristics that are found randomly growing in the wild.
They are known as "sports" and they are spontaneous natural mutations at a genetic level that can affect for instance colour, or growth habit. This means that if material is propagated from this parent plant then the resulting plants will maintain these characteristics.
This is the case of the 'Ballerina' apples, which are the result of selective breeding from a sport found in Canada in the 1950's.
Our fruit trees are delivered in up to 3 shapes and you can also buy selected apple trees as ready made cordons.
Maiden: This unbranched tree is the smallest starting size. You can train maidens into espaliers and cordons.
Cordon: Ballerina Samba trees are spur bearers, so they are suitable for cordons & espaliers.
Bush: This is a style of freestanding tree with a short trunk of about 60cms. It will grow to about 3 metres tall.
Half-Standard: This is a freestanding style that will grow into a full sized, "normal" apple tree, about 4 metres tall.