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Fresh honeyberries! They look a bit like elongated blueberries, but they ripen quite a bit early than blueberries and have a more tangy flavor.

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A not yet mature (2 ft tall) honeyberry plant growing in April, getting ready to start putting on fruit. Plants usually grow to about 3-6 ft tall.



Honeyberries (Lonicera caerulea), also known as haskaps, are edible honeysuckle plants native to Siberia and northern Japan. Unlike other non-native honeysuckles, honeyberries are non-invasive and pose no threat to native species. Extremely cold hardy and resistant to most pests and diseases, honeyberries are a great no-spray berry choice for our area. Berries are about a half inch to an inch in size and ripen fairly early in the year, starting at the same time as strawberries. The flavor of the berries varies from tart to sweet, depending on the cultivar. The taste is a little reminiscent of blueberries, but with more zing (and more antioxidants as well).


Due to their sub-arctic provenance, they benefit from partial shade in our climate,  especially during the heat of the summer. In full sun, honeyberries will go into early dormancy in late summer, losing their leaves early. 


Plants tolerate a wide range of soil conditions, including clay and heavy soil. Plants grow to a height of 3-8 ft depending on the cultivar. Space plants 3-5 ft apart and make sure to plant at least two cultivars for pollination. Plants are not self-fertile.


Plants are somewhat deer resistant, but only when established. Deer will often browse the tender leaves of young plants, so they may need deer protection while getting established. Birds do love the berries, though, so make sure to plant plenty of them so there are enough berries for everyone!

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