The University of Minnesota has been breeding apples, berries, grapes, ornamental trees and shrubs, flowers, and grasses for over 150 years. More than 400 proven cold-hardy varieties provide a foundation for Minnesota's thriving horticultural industry.
New and exciting releases from the University of Minnesota
First Kiss® apples
First Kiss® (Rave® brand outside of Minnesota) apples are an extremely crisp early season apple. This delicious new apple should be ready for you to taste beginning in mid-to-late August!
Released in 2017, over 100,000 Itasca grape vines have been sold to Northern vineyards across the US and into Canada. The first "Itasca Wines" are now available for wine lovers to enjoy.
Golden Sunset® grasses
This ornamental grass is hardy to Zone 3 and has a tall, upright form that does not fall over. It features olive-green foliage and a numerous early yellow and golden-bronze flowers.