Honeyberry is stately medium-sized shrub with delicious blue berries. We offer two named varieties bred for sweetness, bigger fruit size, and pollination compatibility - "Beauty" and the "Beast".
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Honeyberries are very tasty, with a similar color and flavor to blueberries and can be used in all of the same ways. They can be used alone or with other berries to make pastries, jams, juice, ice cream, yogurt, sauces, candies and wine.
The berries also have health benefits, containing high amounts of ascorbic acid and bioactive flavonoids, and antioxidants (even greater than blueberries). The berries can be eaten fresh or frozen for later use.
Despite the name, "Beauty" tends to have even larger berries than the "Beast" - both are excellent in flavor and firm.
The ornamental qualities of the honeyberry should not be overlooked. The small to medium sized shrubs can be thick with oval-shaped leaves, clusters of small white flowers, and deep blue elongated berries. The flowers are trumpet-shaped and attractive to bees, butterflies and birds. The bare branches in the Winter have a reddish tinge.
Honeyberries are a great choice for long-term edible landscapes - they can live for over 50 years! Try planting them alongside huckleberries, thimbleberries, or currants.
Environment and Culture
Honeyberry is circumpolar, native to North America, Russia, and Japan. These varieties, “Beauty” and “Beast”, have mixed heritage: Japanese, Russian, and Kurile. These berries are primarily found in heavy peat wetlands of northern boreal forests, but have also adapted to mountain terrain and coastal areas. They are very cold-hardy, tolerating temperatures as low as minus 47 degrees Celsuis.
Honeyberries require a second variety to get the best fruit set. "Beauty" and "Beast" have great compatibility for pollination. Plant at least one of each. Or, if you're primarily wanting "Beauty", consider planting at least one "Beast" for every 3 "Beauties".
Harvest, Care, and Preparation
Both varieties flower and ripen later than most varieties of Honeyberry - you can expect to harvest in July, depending on your climate. The plants themselves are not as fussy as blueberries and will grow in most conditions although they like to be sheltered from hot southern sun exposure. You may have to cover the bushes in nets to keep the birds from eating the berries. The plants will benefit greatly from regular mulching and pruning.
Native Range: Circumpolar. AK, BC
USDA zones: 2 to 9
Ease of Care: Easy
Deer Resistance: Somewhat deer resistant
Light Requirements: Full sun to part shade
Soil Type: Prefers well drained soil
Water Requirements: Moist to Wet, water during establishment (2 years)
Pollination: Requires two varieties for pollination, plant at least one "Beauty" and one "Beast"
Bearing Age: 1-2 years
Size at Maturity: 4-6’
Plant Spacing: 6ft
Bloom Time: February-June, depending on climate and variety
Harvest Time: May-July, depending on climate and variety
Pot Sizing Guide
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