Commercialization and Licensing - Trees

Since before 1923, when the Newport Flowering Plum was released, University of Minnesota breeders have been focused on developing cold hardy, disease resistant and an absolutely beautiful array of trees for Minnesota landscapes.

Some varieties have special licensing agreements for propagation through the Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC) to help assure quality propagation and strong distribution. Ask if varieties you are considering were developed by the U of M.

Many varieties are available from your favorite nurseries. Please order from nurseries that participate in the Minnesota Nursery Research Corporation (MNRC) and help support future landscape plant discoveries. If you propagate U of M varieties, please learn about supporting MNRC by email at JDaniels@bachmans.com

Licensed Through the U of M

Firefall Freeman Red Maple.

Firefall™ Freeman Red Maple

Firefall™ Freeman Red Maple provides early fall color ranging from orange to scarlet.

Firefall™ is currently available to license through the Office of Technology Commercialization.

'Summertime' Amur maackia.

Summertime™ Amur Maackia

Summertime™ Amur Maackia's silvery spring leaves turn deep green and its mottled bark provides winter interest. Small cream-colored flowers appear in late July-early August.

Summertime™ is currently available to license through the Office of Technology Commercialization.

Supported Through MNRC

True North Kentucky Coffeetree.

True North™ Kentucky Coffeetree

True North™ Kentucky coffeetree is not protected by US Plant Patent or foreign plant breeders' rights, but nurseries propagating this variety can support the U of M breeding program through an agreement with the Minnesota Nursery Research Corporation (MNRC). Check the MNRC page for more information about the organization and participating nurseries.

Nurseries interested in propagating this variety can contact breeder Steve McNamara.

'Autumn Splendor' Buckeye.

Autumn Splendor Buckeye

Autumn Splendor Buckeye is not protected by US Plant Patent or foreign plant breeders' rights, but nurseries propagating this variety can support the U of M breeding program through an agreement with the Minnesota Nursery Research Corporation (MNRC). Check the MNRC page for more information about the organization and participating nurseries.

'Stately Manor' Kentucky Coffeetree.

Stately Manor Kentucky Coffeetree

Stately Manor Kentucky Coffeetree is not protected by US Plant Patent or foreign plant breeders' rights, but nurseries propagating this variety can support the U of M breeding program through an agreement with the Minnesota Nursery Research Corporation (MNRC). Check the MNRC page for more information about the organization and participating nurseries.

'Princess Kay' Flowering Plum Tree.

Princess Kay Flowering Plum

Princess Kay Flowering Plum is not protected by US Plant Patent or foreign plant breeders' rights, but nurseries propagating this variety can support the U of M breeding program through an agreement with the Minnesota Nursery Research Corporation (MNRC). Check the MNRC page for more information about the organization and participating nurseries.

'His Majesty' Corktree.

His Majesty Corktree

His Majesty Corktree is not protected by US Plant Patent or foreign plant breeders' rights, but nurseries propagating this variety can support the U of M breeding program through an agreement with the Minnesota Nursery Research Corporation (MNRC). Check the MNRC page for more information about the organization and participating nurseries.

Patton's Silver Splendor white pine.

Patton's Silver Splendor White Pine

Patton's Silver Splendor White Pine is not protected by US Plant Patent or foreign plant breeders' rights, but nurseries propagating this variety can support the U of M breeding program through an agreement with the Minnesota Nursery Research Corporation (MNRC). Check the MNRC page for more information about the organization and participating nurseries.

Firefall™, Summertime™, and True North™ are trademarks of the University of Minnesota.

OTC Licensing Contact

If you want to become licensed, the U of M Office for Technology Commercialization (OTC) would be pleased to help you. OTC's site offers additional plant variety information and you can submit Licensing And Technical Questions.

For additional licensing information, please contact:

BJ Haun
Technology Licensing Officer
Office for Technology Commercialization
University of Minnesota
Phone: 612-626-8495
Fax: 612-624-6554
haunx003@umn.edu

Thank you for your interest in U of M varieties.

Support U Research

Many tree varieties developed by the U of M are supported by MNRC participants. Please place orders with these nurseries and help enhance future landscape plant discoveries.

Tree varieties supported through the MNRC include: Autumn Splendor Buckeye, True North™ and Stately Manor Kentucky Coffeetrees, His Majesty Corktree, and Patton's Silver Splendor White Pine.

If you propagate U of M varieties, please learn about supporting MNRC by email at JDaniels@bachmans.com