North Star Cherry Introduced by the University of Minnesota in 1950, this dwarf cherry tree boasts attractive, richly colored bark and petite white flowers in spring, followed by an abundant production of juicy, dark red fruit. These plump, tart cherries are considered ideal for baking, but are delicious eaten fresh off of the tree as well. Fruit ripens in late June to late July. Reaching a mature height of 10-12 feet tall, this cherry tree is ideal for small spaces.
How to Grow Honeycrisp Apple Trees - David Bedford, godfather of the Honeycrisp and apple breeder for the University of Minnesota, describes how to grow Honeycrisp apple trees. (Photo: University of Minnesota )
Want an alternative to the over-planted Bradford Pear? Try native Allegheny Serviceberry (Amelanchier laevis). It produces brilliant white flowers in late spring and loads of red to purple berries in summer that are quite tasty to both humans and birds. Fall color can be great, too. Serviceberry grows to about 15 to 30 feet tall and wide, preferring moist to slightly dry soil in sun to partial shade. It’s native from Minnesota to Alabama east and north into Canada.
Grapes generally grow best in warm weather. But the University of Minnesota is working on that. The U Monday announced its newest cold-hardy wine grape – named Itasca, the grape strain has lower acidity and high sugar levels, university grape breeder Matt Clark said in a news release. What that leads to is a wine that is "light yellow to straw in color and has aromas of pear, quince, violet, melon, minerals, and subtle honey notes," according to the release. Bryan Forbes, the university’s…
Peony Kansas Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Plant Size: 32-34" tall, 24-36" wide Light: Full Sun Bloom Time: Late spring to early summer Shipping: Shipping begins in late March based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first. $7.48
Peony Karl Rosenfield Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Plant Size: 32-38" tall, 24-36" wide Light: Full Sun Bloom Time: Late spring to early summer Shipping: Shipping begins in late March based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first. $5.98
Eden's Perfume Peony will is a delight to your eyes and nose with its heavenly scented large pink blooms. Eden's Perfume is considered to be one of the most fragrant peonies, with a Damask rose fragrance. The large double blooms can be up to 6-7" across and are covered with frilly pink petals. Not only is Eden's Perfume valued for it's fragrance it's structure is ideal too, as it is a compact grower that has strong stems perfect for cutting! Perennial in Zones 4 - 8. bulb size 3-5 eyes.