AMELANCHIER laevis 'Majestic'
Plant Common Name
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
2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6
Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade
15'-25' / 4.6m - 7.6m
15'-25' / 4.6m - 7.6m
Early Spring, Spring
North America, United States, Northeastern United States, Mid-Atlantic United States, Southeastern United States, Central United States, South-Central United States, Canada
Spring, Summer, Fall
Edible, Feature Plant, Foundation, Fruit / Fruit Tree, Mixed Border, Shade Trees, Street Trees
Sharp or Has Thorns