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Honeycrisp Apples - Cold Hardy, Minnesota Apple

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Honeycrisp Canada Orchard - allows fruit to be sold (tree sales not permitted)
Honeycrisp Canada Nursery - allows trees to be propagated and sold (fruit sales not permitted)
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Honeycrisp apple tree. Expired on 11/7/08

US Patent USPP7197

Canada PVP 1007: Honeycrisp apple tree

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Honeycrisp Apples

Explosively Crisp!

The Honeycrisp Apple, known in Europe as the Honeycrunch Apple™, is one of the University of Minnesota's best-known apples. They are widely grown around the world. Millions have been sold to people who love the well-balanced sweet-tart taste, and explosively crisp, juicy texture.

Award Winning Honeycrisp Apple

Honeycrisp was named the Minnesota State Fruit in 2006 and was even selected as one of the top 25 innovations in over a decade in the 2006 Better World Report. This report, by the Association of University Technology Managers, honors significant academic research and technology transfer that has changed our way of life. It honors developments that have made the world a better place.

Licensing the Honeycrisp Apple for Propagation

The Honeycrisp apple tree has received plant variety protection worldwide, including the territories of Canada, Europe, New Zealand, Australia, Chile, and South Africa. In the United States, the plant patent (PP7,197) expired on November 7, 2008 which means that a license from the University of Minnesota is not required for propagating Honeycrisp apple trees after this date in the United States for sale in the United States. If you desire to asexually propagate trees for sale in Canada, then you need to have a Nursery License. If you desire to asexually propagate trees for personal use or for your orchard in Canada, then you need an Orchard License. Otherwise, you can purchase Honeycrisp apple trees from a licensed retail nursery. If you wish to propagate or sell Honeycrisp trees outside of the United States and Canada, please contact BJ Haun for further information.