Ballerina is an attractive small flowering tree with an upright spreading form. It is rather more vigorous and "tree-like" than many other Amelanchiers, and in spring from a distance can easily be mistaken for a crab-apple or hawthorn.
The new leaves emerge with coppery tints, before turning green over the summer, and then attractive red and orange autumn colours.
Small blueberry-like fruits are borne in the summer, these are edible but best left to the birds.
Ballerina is usually catalogued as belonging to the species Amelanchier x grandiflora, which is a natural hybrid of Amelanchier laevis and Amelanchier arborea. It is sometimes included in Amelanchier x lamarckii - these hybrid species are not easy to separate.
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