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Fruits for Minnesota

Emily Hoover
Michael Zins

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Figure 1. Minnesota Fruit Zones

The fruit cultivars listed here are recommended on the basis of availability and winter hardiness for Minnesota (see map). To improve productivity of apples, pears, apricots, hybrid plums, and cherry plums include at least two cultivars of each fruit in the planting since each cultivar requires pollen from a different cultivar for fruit set. Some hybrid plums do not have viable pollen and cannot be used as a pollen source.European plums, tart cherries, and Nanking cherries are self-fruitful: no pollen source is needed.Small fruits such as gooseberries, currants, raspberries, strawberries, and grapes are usually self-fruitful. Blueberries have increased yield if more than one cultivar is planted.

Apple Early
Season
Fruit Zone
1 2 3 4
Mantet X X X X
Oriole X X X X
Duchess X X X -
State Fair X X X X
Paulared X X - -
Beacon X X X X
X - recommended
Apple
Midseason
Fruit Zone
Chestnut Crab X X X X
Whitney Crab X X X X
Wealthy X X X X
Minjon X X X X
Red Baron X X X X
Lakeland X X X X
Sweet 16 X X X X
McIntosh X X - -
Honeycrisp X X X -
Cortland X X X -
Northwestern Greening - X X X
Redwell X X X X
Prairie Spy X X X -
X - recommended
Apple
Late Season
Fruit Zone
1 2 3 4
Haralson X X X X
Honeygold X X X -
Red Delicious X - - -
Regent X - - -
Fireside X X X -
Connell Red X X X -
Keepsake X X X -
X - recommended
Pear Fruit Zone
1 2 3 4
Golden Spice X X X -
Gourmet X X X T
Luscious X X T -
Parker X X - -
Patten X X - -
Summercrisp X X X T
X - recommended; T - trial
Apricot Fruit Zone
1 2 3 4
Moongold X X - -
Sungold X X - -
X - recommended
European Plum Fruit Zone
1 2 3 4
Mount Royal X X - -
Stanley X X - -
X - recommended
Hybrid Plum Fruit Zone
1 2 3 4
Alderman X X X -
LaCrescent X X X -
Pipestone X X X -
Redglow X X X -
Underwood X X X X
South Dakota X X X X
Superior X X X -
Toka X X X X
X - recommended
Cherry Plum Fruit Zone
1 2 3 4
Compass X X X X
Opata X X X X
Red Diamond T T T T
Sapa T T - -
Sapalta X X X X
X - recommended; T - trial
Tart Cherry Fruit Zone
1 2 3 4
Mesabi X X X T
Meteor X X X -
Northstar X X X -
X - recommended; T - trial
Raspberry
Summer-bearing
Fruit Zone
1 2 3 4
Latham (red) X X X X
Boyne (red) X X X X
Nordic (red) X X X X
Heritage (red) X X X -
Fall Red (red) X X X X
Amity (red) X X X -
Redwing (red) X X X X
Fallgold (yellow) X X X X
Summitt (red) X X X X
Autumn Bliss (red) X X X X
Festival (red) X X X X
Haida (red) X X X -
Liberty (red) X X X X
Killarney (red) X X X X
Royalty (purple) X X - -
Bristol (black) X X - -
Blackhawk (black) X X - -
X - recommended
Strawberry
June-bearing
Fruit Zone
1 2 3 4
Allstar XP XP - -
Annapolis XP XP XP XP
Blomidon XP XP XP -
Crimson King XP XP XP XP
Earliglow XP XP XP -
Glooscap XP XP XP XP
Gov. Simcoe XP XP - -
Holiday XP - - -
Honeoye XP XP XP XP
Jewel XP XP XP XP
Kent XP XP XP XP
Lateglow XP XP XP XP
Sparkle XP XP XP XP
Trumpeter XP XP XP XP
Veestar XP XP XP XP
X - recommended; P - winter protection desirable
Strawberry
Everbearing or Day Neutral
Fruit Zone
1 2 3 4
Ft. Laramie XP XP XP XP
Ogallala XP XP XP XP
Tribute XP XP XP XP
Tristar XP XP XP XP
X - recommended; P - winter protection desirable
Blueberry
(acid soil conditions are needed)
Fruit Zone
1 2 3 4
Northblue X X X X
Northcountry X X X X
Northland X X X X
Northsky X X X X
St. Cloud X X X T
X - recommended; T - trial
Grape
table, juice, and jelly types
Seeded
Fruit Zone
1 2 3 4
Beta (black) X X X XP
Bluebell (blue) X X TP -
Concord (blue) X XP - -
Edelweiss (white) X X XP XP
Fredonia (blue) X XP XP -
Worden (blue) X X XP -
Swenson (red) X XP XP -
Valiant (black) X X T TP
X - recommended; T - trial; P - winter protection desirable
Grape
table, juice, and jelly types
Seedless
Fruit Zone
1 2 3 4
Canadice (red) XP XP - -
Himrod (white) XP XP - -
Reliance (red) TP TP - -
Vanessa (red) TP TP - -
X - recommended; T - trial; P - winter protection desirable
Mulberry
(Morus sp.)
Fruit Zone
1 2 3 4
Illinois Everbearing T T - -
Wellington T T - -
T - trial
Juneberry
(Amelanchier alnifolia)
Fruit Zone
1 2 3 4
Honeywood X X X X
Northline X X X X
Pembina X X X X
Regent X X X X
Smokey X X X X
Theissen X X X X
X - recommended
Black Currant
(Ribes nigrum)
Fruit Zone
1 2 3 4
Consort T T T -
Coronet T T T -
Crusader T T T -
T - trial
Elderberry
(Sambucus canadensis)
Fruit Zone
1 2 3 4
Adams X X T -
Nova X X T -
York X X T -
X - recommended; T - trial
Gooseberry Fruit Zone
1 2 3 4
Pixwell X X X X
Poorman X X X X
Welcome X X X X
X - recommended
Red Currant Fruit Zone
1 2 3 4
MN 71 X X X X
Red Lake X X X X
X - recommended
Nanking Cherry (Prunus tomentosa) Fruit Zone
1 2 3 4
X X X X