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APPLE Ballerina® Polka

The world's most compact apple trees.
2 Ratings

This tree produces round, medium sized fruit with red blushed skin. The flesh is crisp and juicy with a very good flavour. This spur bearing variety ripens mid season.

Columnar tree habit, growing to 3-4m tall by 30cm wide. 


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Pollinators include all other Ballerina varieties as well as Egremont Russet and Liberty.

Ballerina apples are grown on M793 rootstock.  This is normally a very vigorous rootstock growing to over 4m tall, but Ballerina apples are small growing varieties so will only grow to 4m tall. This rootstock is suitable for all soil types including clay, and is suitable for growing in containers.


Soil preference depends on the rootstock that the variety is grafted onto. Dwarf rootstocks require fertile, well draining soils. M116 & M793 types are suitable for heavy clay soils. 


Sunny sheltered sites are best. 


Apples are best in a temperate environment. Some varieties with ‘low chill requirements’ can be grown in warmer northern areas. 


Water well during the early stages, during long dry periods and when the fruit is developing.


Some varieties require a spray program to control pests and diseases that affect the tree, leaves and fruit. The Rezista range of varieties are resistant to some diseases. 


Apple trees can be espalier trained against a wall or fence. Ballerina® columnar varieties are fantastic planted in rows or in pots as garden or entry features. 


Harvest time is from February to April. Trees on dwarf rootstocks will produce fruit within 2 years, others may take 3-4 years to produce  significant numbers of fruit. 


In most residential areas Apples will often be pollinated by bees from nearby Apple and Crabapple trees. Some varieties are self fertile. 


The ultimate size of the tree depends on the rootstock the variety is grafted onto, the site, pruning and training of the tree. Dwarf trees can be kept to 1.5m, while more vigorous trees can grow to 5-6m.

General Apple tree information:

Apple trees will start to produce fruit between its second to fifth year depending on rootstock. (Please refer to rootstock tab).

Fruit will produce on either tips or spurs. Some varieties produces fruit on both. (Please refer to description above).

Fruit is ripe when the shaded side turns from green to a greeny/yellow colour.

The later the Apple trees fruit ripens, the longer the storage life.


Apple trees perform best in temperate areas. Most varieties need plenty of winter chill, but there are low chill varieties available for warmer climates. (Check out description above).

Apple trees like planting sites that are sunny, and sheltered. Soil preferences depends on rootstocks. (Please refer to rootstock tab).

General Care:

Water Apples well during early planting stages, long dry periods and when fruit is developing.

Some Apple varieties require a spray program to control pests and diseases that affect the tree, leaves and fruit.

To ensure large apples each year and prevent biennial bearing, thin apple bunches by half.

Pruning and Training:

Best to prune Apple trees in late winter so cuts heal faster with spring flush. To minimise disease entering tree, paint cuts with pruning paste.

  • Spur bearing: Reduce growth made the year before, by a third. Cut just after a good strong bud, that points in the direction you want the new branch to go.
  • Tip bearing: All of last years growth on main shoots should be pruned off to the first/second strong and healthy bud. (Unless new shoots are less than 12 inches long).

Prune into a modified central leader or vase shaped tree, or espailer against a wall or fence in triple horizontal cordon, candelarra or double-U shape.


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Average Customer Review: 4.5000 out of 5, 2 Ratings to date

Nice formal plant, good-eating

By John from Christchurch, 22 months ago

My favourite of the three Ballerina I have (the other 2 are Bolero and Waltz). Good flavour and easy to care for


By Carole from New Plymouth, 3 years ago

This apple in my opinion has the nicest flavour out of the three Ballerina varieties, an absolute delight to eat. The Ballerina trees are brilliant for growing apples in a small area and fruit well.