Commercialization and Licensing - Woody Ornamentals

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

'Summer Cascade' Wisteria.

Summer Cascade Wisteria

Summer Cascade Wisteria is protected under the US Plant Patent Act and by Plant Breeders Rights in other countries. In 2013, the University of Minnesota licensed Summer Cascade to Bailey Nurseries.

Northern Accents Sven Rose.

Nothern Accents™ Ole, Sven, and Lena Roses

Northern Accents™ Ole, Sven and Lena roses are protected under the US Plant Patent Act and by Plant Breeders Rights in other countries.

Ole, Sven, and Lena are currently available to license through the Office of Technology Commercialization.

Electric Lights Red Azalea

Electric Lights Red, and Electric Lights Double Pink Azaleas

Electric Lights Red and Electric Lights Double Pink Azaleas are protected under the US Plant Patent Act and by Plant Breeders Rights in other countries.

In 2015, the University of Minnesota licensed Electric Lights Red and Electric Lights Double Pink to Bailey Nurseries.

'Lilac Lights' Azalea.

Candy Lights™, Lilac Lights™ and Tri Lights™ Azaleas

Candy Lights™, Lilac Lights™, Tri Lights™ azaleas are currently available to license through the Office of Technology Commercialization.

'HomeFree' Viburnum.

HomeFree Viburnum

HomeFree™ viburnum is currently patented in the U.S. Nurseries interested in licensing this variety can contact breeder Stan Hokanson.

Supported Through MNRC

Lights Azalea series.

Lights Series Azaleas

Golden Lights, Lemon Lights, Mandarin Lights, Northern Lights, Northern Hi-Lights, Orchid Lights, Rosy Lights, Spicy Lights, and White Lights Azaleas are not protected by US Plant Patent or foreign plant breeders' rights, but nurseries propagating these varieties can support the U of M breeding program through an agreement with the Minnesota Nursery Research Corporation (MNRC). More information about the MNRC and participating nurseries can be found here.

'Cardinal' Dogwood.

Cardinal and Golden Glow™ Dogwoods

Cardinal and Golden Glow™ Dogwoods are not protected by US Plant Patent or foreign plant breeders' rights, but nurseries propagating these varieties 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.

'Northern Pearls' Pearlbush.

Northern Pearls Pearlbush

Northern Pearls Pearlbush 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.

'Northern Sun' Forsythia.

Northern Sun Forsythia

Northern Sun Forsythia 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.

'Emerald Triumph' Viburnum.

Emerald Triumph Viburnum

Emerald Triumph Viburnum 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.

Northern Accents™, Candy Lights™, Lilac Lights™, Tri Lights™ and Golden Glow™ 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 flower, shrub, and 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.

Woody ornamental varieties supported by MNRC include: Golden, Lemon, Mandarin, Northern, Orchid, Rosy, Spicy, White Lights and Northern Hi-Lights Azaleas, Cardinal and Garden Glow Dogwood, Northern Sun Forsythia, Northern Pearls Pearlbush, and Emerald Triumph Viburnum.

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