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Majestic Landscaping plants palms atop six-story building

By Jesef Williams

A local company has played a role in helping reshape the residential landscape in Uptown Charlotte.

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Majestic Landscaping & Palms, based in Lancaster, was hired earlier this year to deliver and plant windmill palm trees on the rooftop terrace of The Garrison at Graham, a new six-floor loft-style housing development that offers its residents close views of the Charlotte skyline.

Dennis Donahue, owner of Majestic Landscaping, said his business was contacted in July and did the job on Sept. 25, all in one day.

The task included getting a crane operator to lift the six palm trees, one by one, from the ground to the roof of the building, while members of Donahue’s team carried more than 100 bags of soil and mulch up to the terrace.

The work took about eight hours and went according to plan, Donahue said.

“We had never done a job on top of a building like that,” he said. “Everything went perfect.”

Two of the palm trees are 10-feet tall, two are 12-feet tall and the other two are 8-feet tall. Each was planted in its own black container, adding to the appeal of the rooftop terrace complete with a fire place, a grill and hot tubs, among other amenities.

“It’s very pretty,” Donahue said.

Donahue said he plans to visit The Garrison at Graham soon to see how things are looking at the terrace.  

The business

Founded 12 years ago, Majestic Landscaping & Palms does commercial and residential landscaping, and sells several types of trees, such as the palmetto, the pindo palm, the European Fan and the needle palm.

“When it comes to the yard, we do anything,” Donahue said.

The landscaping side of things has slowed down over the last year or so. Palm trees sales are still going strong, although Donahue is about to enter the time of year where he stop selling them.

Because of the colder weather, a palm tree sold and planted in the late fall and winter will have a slimmer chance for survival.

“We want the customers happy,” he said. “We just don’t feel comfortable selling a palm tree in dead winter. We want them to wait until spring.”

Donahue has sold trees to people in 13 states, mostly in the Southeast. His clientèle includes NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Carolina Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams.

He said his business usually sells between 800 and 1,200 trees a year. He estimates that about 70 percent of all palm trees in Lancaster County come from his business.

“I’m very passionate about this,” Donahue said. “You get to see what you raise.”

For more information about Majestic Landscaping, visit www.majesticpalmtrees.com.

Contact reporter Jesef Williams at jwilliams@thelancasternews.com or (803) 283-1152