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AMELANCHIER laevis 'Majestic'

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Botanical Name

AMELANCHIER laevis 'Majestic'

Plant Common Name

Allegheny Serviceberry

General Description

A vigorous Allegheny serviceberry cultivar, 'Majestic', has many wonderful ornamental and cultural features. It is very fast growing and reaches nearly twice the height of wild-type plants while maintaining a tall and narrow habit. It produces many drooping racemes of white flowers in spring, followed by prolific summer fruit and dark, reddish-orange fall color. It is also notably resistant to hot and humid weather. It was first released in 1990 and developed by William Flemer III or Princeton, New Jersey.

This exceptional small tree is admired for its beautiful spring flowers, edible summer berries and glorious fall color. Allegheny serviceberry is a North American native that is naturally distributed from the Canadian province of Newfoundland southward to the states of Georgia and Alabama, so hardiness depends a lot on regional germplasm. This multi-stemmed deciduous small tree to large shrub usually inhabits moist open woods and meadows and tends to sucker and spread over time.

Bronzy new leaves awaken in spring alongside its delicate white spring flowers. The simple oval leaves quickly turn medium green and in fall burst into glorious shades of red, yellow and orange. The showy flowers are white, five-petaled and held in pendent clusters. They are pollinated by bees and followed by small, round, berries that turn from rosy red to blue-black by summer. The fruit is edible to people and wildlife alike. In winter, its smooth gray bark adds stark winter interest.

Allegheny serviceberry grows best in full to partial sun and fertile, organic-rich soil. It is not too pH sensitive but does tend to favor slightly acid soil. It has a naturally attractive vase-shaped habit and should only be pruned lightly and selectively as needed. It tends to sucker and suckers should be removed from plants placed in more formal settings.

This is an ideal small tree for smaller landscapes and woodland gardens. It is also suitable for large foundation plantings. Its smooth bark and white flowers are best viewed against a background of evergreens. The popular cultivar 'Cumulus' has a more narrow, upright form.


  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 3

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6

  • Plant Type


  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    15'-25' / 4.6m - 7.6m

  • Width

    15'-25' / 4.6m - 7.6m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Spring

  • Native To

    North America, United States, Northeastern United States, Mid-Atlantic United States, Southeastern United States, Central United States, South-Central United States, Canada

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam

  • Growth Rate


  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit


  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest


  • Flower Color


  • Fruit Color

    Rose, Dark Blue, Black

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Purple, Light Green, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Summer)


  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Red, Orange Red

  • Bark Color

    Sandy Brown, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers


  • Fragrant Fruit


  • Fragrant Foliage


  • Bark or Stem Fragrant


  • Flower Petal Number


  • Repeat Bloomer


  • Showy Fruit


  • Edible Fruit


  • Showy Foliage


  • Foliage Texture


  • Foliage Sheen


  • Evergreen


  • Showy Bark


Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture


  • Usage

    Edible, Feature Plant, Foundation, Fruit / Fruit Tree, Mixed Border, Shade Trees, Street Trees

  • Sharp or Has Thorns


  • Invasive


  • Attracts


  • Self-Sowing