Ballarina Trees

The end of my garden is a south facing 6ft fence, I would like to grow fruit trees along here.  My father grew what I think he called Ballarina trees - long slim trees about 3ft apart.  This would mean I could grow about 5 trees in the space I have got - question - does anyone have any experience on these and advise on buying, what I think is a maiden tree ???, then pruning to make the column effect ???.  any help / advice would be very grateful.

 

Thanks  Katie

 

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  • Jean GenieJean Genie Posts: 1,724

    Hello Katie,

    The only Ballerina tree I know is the Amelanchier. I have one of these and it's a wonderful little tree. Great foliage and blossom in Spring and turns a fiery red in Autumn. Have a look at this link.

    http://apps.rhs.org.uk/plantselector/plant?plantid=117

    Hope this helps,

    Jean. image

  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,806

    There are ballerina fruit trees-they are trained as columnsimage

  • Matty2Matty2 Posts: 4,820

    You can grow cordons about 75cm apart with wire on the fence to support them.

    http://apps.rhs.org.uk/advicesearch/profile.aspx?p

    This might help. 

  • Jean GenieJean Genie Posts: 1,724

    Sorry Katie, Missed the ''fruit'' bit on the post.

    Still none the wiser as I don't have fruit trees.

    Note to oneself - read the post properly ! image

  • I have just had a balleria apple tree removed from my garden. It was supposed to grow to a height of 2M. It was taller than the house when it was cut down. I am now growing fruit trees on a dwarfing rootstock, in 20L pots. Rosa carriola's idea seems good although you don't need a fence. taut wwires between two posts will suffice.

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