Maple tree landscape in fall.


Trees are the backbone of any landscape, and for more than a century, the University of Minnesota's Agricultural Experiment Station has worked to develop attractive trees that thrive in cold climates. They not only add shade and character to a yard, but they invite different kinds of wildlife and bring an extra splash of color in the spring and fall. The focus of the tree breeding program is on overall environmental adaptability—improved cold hardiness, drought tolerance, heat tolerance, and disease and insect resistance. You can learn more about the characteristics of these hardy trees by clicking on the photos below.