Blue Velvet Honeyberry ™
Blue Velvet Honeyberry ™ is distinguished by its compact, spreading form, attractive grayish-green, velvety foliage and its very large, sweet-tart and flavorful, medium-blue berries.
A very hardy and unique small shrub, Blue Velvet ™ 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 its exceptional hardiness, to minus 40 degrees F., or below. Great for fresh eating, juicing, and preserves.
Late Blooming Honeyberry Varieties
These varieties bloom up to 2 months later in the NW region 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 Mountains, and other colder regions of the US.
- Latin Name: Lonicera caerulea var. edulis
- Site and Soil: 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.
- Rootstock Description:
- Pollination Requirements: Two varieties with similar bloom time are needed for cross-pollination.
- Hardiness:Honeyberry is hardy to minus 40° F.
- Bearing Age: 1-2 years after planting.
- Size at Maturity: 2-3 ft. in height
- Bloom Time: March
- Ripening Time: 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