Welcome to Minnesota Hardy
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 hardy varieties provide a foundation for Minnesota's more than $200 billion horticultural industry. On this site you will find details about University breeding programs and lists of varieties currently available.
The U of M does not generally sell plant material to the public but provides it to licensed propagators who then distribute it to the growers, retailers, and landscapers. Commercial growers can learn more about licensing and purchasing our various varieties here. Home gardeners looking for varieties available at their local nurseries, orchards, or vineyards will find more information on FAQ pages for apples, wine grapes and landscape plants.
New and Exciting Varieties From the U of M
Northern Accents® Ole, Sven, Lena and Sigrid roses are back! Originally released in 2007 and 2009 the Northern Accents® Rose Series initially made a splash in Northern markets but as rose sales decreased during the recession, they became harder and harder for rose lovers to find.
Juicy Jewel™ (MN121 cultivar, US Plant Patent pending) represents the 5th pear variety released by the University’s fruit breeding program and the first Asian type. Juicy Jewel™ is an early ripening variety that lives up to its name by being very juicy and crisp
Golden Sunset® (Plant Patent Applied for No. 62/995,225) is the newest Native grass released by the University of Minnesota. It was selected for its upright stature, clean olive-green foliage, numerous early yellow and golden-bronze flowers and Zone 3 hardiness.
Triumph™ (MN80 cultivar US Plant Patent applied for) represents the 28th apple variety released by the University’s apple breeding program. This well-balanced, mid-late season apple has shown excellent scab tolerance and good storage life, making it a great choice for direct market and organic producers.
First Kiss® (or Rave® as it will be known as when grown outside Minnesota), marks the 27th apple variety release from the apple breeders at the University of Minnesota. This child of Honeycrisp inherited its crisp and juicy texture but will be really up to four weeks earlier than its parent tree.