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Selected fruit varieties for Minnesota gardens - Twin Cities and south

By Emily Hoover & James Luby, Department of Horticulture

The fruit cultivars listed here are recommended on the basis of availability and winter hardiness for Minnesota. 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.

Apples*
Chestnut crab UofM Icon
Cortland
Fireside UofM Icon (Connell Red)
Haralson UofM Icon
Honeycrisp UofM Icon
Honeygold UofM Icon
Keepsake UofM Icon
Sweet 16 UofM Icon
SnowSweet UofM Icon
Regen UofM Icon
Wealthy UofM Icon
Zestar! UofM Icon
Apples* - Scab Resistant
Freedom
Liberty
Redfree
William's Pride
Strawberries - Junebearing
Annapolis
Itasca UofM Icon
Jewel
Mesabi UofM Icon
Sable
Winona UofM Icon
Strawberries - Everbearing
Fort Laramie
Ogallala
Tristar
Tribute
Raspberries - Summer
Boyne
Haida
Killarney
Latham UofM Icon
Nova
Brandywine (purple)
Royalty (purple)
Raspberries - Fall
Autumn Bliss
Fallgold
Redwing UofM Icon
Summit
Pears*
Gourmet
Luscious
Parker
Patton
Summercrisp UofM Icon
Ure
Plums - European
Mt. Royal
Plums - Hybrid*
Alderman UofM Icon
LaCrescent UofM Icon
Pipestone UofM Icon
Superior
Underwood UofM Icon
Toka (for pollination)
Apricots*
Moongold UofM Icon
Sungold UofM Icon
Tart Cherries
Mesabi
Meteor UofM Icon
Northstar UofM Icon
Blueberries
Chippewa UofM Icon
Northblue UofM Icon
Northcountry UofM Icon
Northland
Polaris UofM Icon
Grapes - Seedless (need winter protection)
Canadice
Mars
Grapes - Table
Edelweiss (white) UofM Icon
Grapes - White Wine
LaCrescent UofM Icon
Frontenac Gris UofM Icon
Grapes - Red Wine
Foch
Frontenac UofM Icon
St. Croix
Marquette UofM Icon
Red Currants
Red Lake UofM Icon
UofM Icon Denotes varieties developed at the University of Minnesota
*Needs a second variety for pollination

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