A wide range of varieties can be grown to suit all needs and it is.
These trees have a narrow, upright habit, but they do tend to get very tall and difficult to manage. The best time to prune your tree to control the growth is in late-summer. Cutting the top of the tree at this time will encourage shorter, fruit bearing shoots to develop.
Pruning it in winter will encourage lots of long vigorous shoots the following spring. Jul 01, Some sorts like"Ballerina" trees are claimed to need no pruning, but I think that's not what you have there.
Your taller tree shows the disadvantage of not pruning! The fruit on the left hand side is pulling down its branch, because the branch is too long and whippy. Even so Ballerina apple trees are perhaps best considered for their ornamental value as much as for fruit production. Minarette fruit trees and Supercolumn fruit trees. Minarettes and Supercolumns are regular apple or pear varieties that have been closely-pruned in the nursery to achieve a columnar effect.
Unlike Ballerina apple trees, they are not a specific variety but rather a style of pruning and Estimated Reading Time: 5 mins. Hi Daphne, you can prune the upright, tall branches of your trees. The fruit grows from the lateral side spurs. With the lateral side branches, prune them lightly, as this is where your flower buds and fruit will come from. The best time to prune these side branches is as soon as the fruit have been harvested.
Happy gardening from the Tui Team. Ballerina trees Ballerina or ‘columnar’ apples have been bred for a columnar habit that needs no pruning other than occasional shortening of sideshoots and the leading (top) shoot. Thin out spurs in winter when congested. Ballerina trees are convenient in small gardens or where pruning.