Lonicera caerulea var. edulis
A unique species of Honeysuckle, Honeyberry is a very hardy, small shrub native to eastern Siberia, the Russian Far East, and northern Japan. Very early ripening, Honeyberry is valued for its sweet and tasty Blueberry-like fruit and for its exceptional hardiness, to minus 40° F. or below. Great for fresh eating, Honeyberry also makes delicious and nutritious juice and preserves. Unlike Blueberries, Honeyberries do not require acid soil. Plant two varieties for cross pollination. Our late blooming varieties are best for our Pacific Northwest growing conditions.
Late Blooming Honeyberry
These varieties bloom up to 2 months later in the Pacific Northwest than the early blooming varieties. Later blooming means that more bees and other insects are available for pollination and fruit set is significantly better. These varieties are also good for east of the Cascade Mts. and other colder regions of the U.S.
(Magadan cv.) Large, deep-green foliage, spreading form, and large, dark-blue tasty fruit distinguish this attractive variety. Blue Forest™ grows to 3 feet in height and should produce abundant crops in most regions of the U.S. and Canada.
(Chitose #6 cv.) A very popular variety in Japan, this unique variety features attractive, upright form and was selected for its large, very tasty, sweet-tart berries.
(6-2 cv.) This unique selection is prized for its compact, spreading form and its abundant crops of large, very tasty, sweet-tart berries.
(Sergei cv.) A very attractive spreading shrub, Blue Moon™ has soft, velvety, bright-green foliage and bears abundant crops of large, light-blue, tasty fruit.
(F1-9-58 cv.) From the East Coast of Russia, this attractive variety features a compact, spreading form, light-green foliage, and large, light-blue, flavorful berries.
(Chitose #11 cv.) Widely grown and very popular in northern Japan, this valuable variety is prized for its abundant crops of large, sweet and flavorful, dark blue berries. Blue Pagoda™ grows to 4 to 5 feet in height.
(6.5-2009-06 cv.) Selected for its good crops of very large, sweet and flavorful berries, Blue Sea™ is also prized for its low, spreading form and velvety, dark green foliage.
(Kiev No. 8 cv.) This unique variety has unusual, attractive greyish-green, velvet-like foliage and a broad, spreading habit. Blue Velvet™ produces tasty, large fruit and grows 3 to 4 feet in height and 5 to 6 feet in width.