A favorite of our friends in eastern Russia, Blue Nova ™ Honeyberry is an attractive, compact shrub that grows to about 4 ft. in height and bears abundant crops of medium-blue, flavorful berries.
A very hardy and unique small shrub, Honeyberry is a species of Honeysuckle with sweet and tasty fruit. Native to Eastern Siberia, the Russian Far East, and Northern Japan, Honeyberry is valued for its tasty, blueberry-like fruit, its extremely early ripening, often two weeks before strawberries, and it’s exceptional hardiness, to minus 40 degrees or below. Great for fresh eating, Honeyberry also makes delicious juice and preserves.
Latin Name: Lonicera caerulea var. edulis
Site and Soil:Blue Nova™ Honeyberry likes 1/2 day to full sun in the Pacific Northwest and other cool regions, partial shade in hot regions, and well-drained soil.
Pollination Requirements: Two varieties with similar bloom time are needed for cross-pollination.
Hardiness: Honeyberry is hardy to minus 40F.
Bearing Age: 1-2 years after planting.
Size at Maturity: 3-4 ft. in height
Bloom Time: March-April
Ripening Time: May-June
Yield: 5-10 lbs.
Pests & Diseases: Honeyberry is not bothered by pests or diseases. To deter birds, use mylar flash tape or cover plants with netting.
USDA Zone: 3
Sunset Western Zone: A1-A3; 1-3
Sunset Northeast Zone: 31-45