Honeyberry Fruit

Tundra berries

Berry Smart Blue, Borealis, Tundra July 5, 2016 3
July 11, 2018, 3
July 11, 2018, Zone 3

Ripening: all haskap need approximately 6 weeks from pollination until full ripeness. Blossoms may be pollinated at different times throughout the bloom season, which can run 2-3 weeks, depending on availability of pollinators (bees, other insects) and weather which may accelerate or delay the opening of blossoms and flight of pollinators. So berries do not usually all ripen at the same time but it is quite acceptable to have some tarter berries mixed in with riper ones for processing. Some people enjoy eating tart berries fresh off the bush, others will let the berries ripen as long as possible on the bush. It is difficult to determine ripeness by color alone but if the berry detaches easily, it is most likely quite ripe.

We have a trial orchard with over 40 named varieties and while most of them have good tasting berries, we have selected our favorites to offer to you.

Honeyberries travel very well and usually bounce back from any shipping damage if given a chance. They usually arrive within 1-4 days, but tolerate a week or more in transit, even when leafed out.

  • Planting: spring or fall
  • Winter prep: nothing other than normal deer, rabbit and rodent protection
  • Growth: Some varieties grow faster and taller than others, typically from 1'-2' a year. They put out most of their fresh growth in early spring, then the stems thicken over the summer. They may put out a couple of stems of new growth in the fall, and even the odd blossom.
  • Mulching: helps with weed and moisture control, but be sure to leave a couple inches free around the stem.
  • Fertilizer: Moderate applications of time-released fertilizer or aged manure along with regular watering is beneficial.
  • Shade/Sun: partial shade to full sun (shade recommended for warmer zones). They struggle in excessive heat and dryness, and in overly wet and windy conditions. They have been grown successfully in full sun as far north as Alaska and in the shade as far south as Georgia and California.
  • Early/Late blooming: Early blooming plants may not set fruit in some west coast or warmer climates due to breaking dormancy too early/lack of active pollinators (e.x. bumblebees) at their blossom time.
  • Pollination: Order at least one companion variety for every 3-5 other honeyberry plants for adequate pollination.

For a more detailed comparison of honeyberry plants and berries, please see our blog, along with more pics of bushes and berries.

Honeyberry Plants

Honeyberry Plants and Cold Hardy Fruit Trees for Sale

Orders received after May 21 will be shipped in late October. See Shipping cost/dates
Early bloomers (zones 2-6) * Late bloomers (zones 2-9)
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Frozen honeyberries for sale: Juice/wine quality (some stems/leaves)
minimum 30# shipped in 5 gallon food grade buckets
$7/lb + shipping. Please Contact Us

Note that all plants on this page are of the species Lonicera caerulea L. whether they go by the name haskap, honeyberry, or Yezberry®. In general, "honeyberry" refers to subspecies such as edulis of Russian origin, "haskap" to subspecies with some emphyllocalyx / Japanese origin, and Yezberry® of pure emphyllocalyx / Japanese origin. It matters not so much what they are called, but matching the bloom times is critical, as most varieties need a companion for pollination. Each variety will list a recommended pollenizer according to bloom time. For more detailed info on bloom times, click here.

EARLY season selections USDA zones 1-5

(ripen earliest, but largely overlap in bloom with Early-Mid ripeners)
For West Coast and zones 5 where late frosts often occur, and zones 6+, Late bloomers fare better
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Indigo Gem*
med. berries
med. firm
Indigo Treat*
med. berries
med. firm
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med. berries
v. firm
Berry Smart Blue
(Czech #17)

long, smaller

EARLY-MID season selections USDA zones 1-6

For West Coast and zones 5&6 where late frosts often occur, and zones 7+, Late bloomers fare better

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large berries
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large berries
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Honey Bee*
large berries

Selection Tips

Honeyberry Plant
4-11" plants

Honeyberry Plant
1-2' plants

Some may be
shipped bare root
Honeyberry Plug
1-2' plants 1 season growth
shipped in plugs

You choose early or later bloomers. We will send you a variety (at least 3 different ones in 4-packs and at least 4 different ones in 6-packs). Note: If you are in USDA zones 6-9 we recommend later bloomers as they will ignore mid-winter temperature fluctuations. Zones 2-5 can grow both early and late bloomers.

Honeyberries typically need 3 years of growth to put out enough shoots to produce a couple of cups of berries, and reach maturity after 5-6 years, producing several pounds. Shipping costs range start out at $15-$22.50 for 1-4 items. Each 4 or 6-pack is considered a single item, so you can save on shipping there as well.

Early Blooming: zones 2-5
  • Indigo Gem & Indigo Treat (Great Taste/Good Yield/Squatty bush)
  • Berry Smart Blue (Upright Growing/Smaller berries/Highest Yield/Very Good but Tartest berries)

    Early-Mid Blooming: zones 2-8 ignores mid-winter temperature fluctuations, overlaps with early bloomers, oblong berries, some Russian genetics, a little more complex flavor, medium-heavy foliage, very high yield/upgright growing/large berries
  • Aurora (starts blooming a couple days later than early varieties start, but needs extra time to ripen)
  • Honey Bee (starts blooming a couple days later than early varieties start, but needs extra time to ripen)

    4-pack *Early/Early-Mid* 1-2' tall $72:

    6-pack *Early/Early-Mid* 1-2' tall $105:

    Late Blooming:
    (University of Saskatchewan)
  • Blizzard, Beast & Beauty - very good zingy flavor, large oblong berries, good yield, upright growing

    Later Blooming: (Dr. Maxine Thompson)
  • Solo(TM), Maxie(TM), Keiko(TM), Tana(TM) - very good flavor, rounder berries, pure Japanese genetics, less foliage

    4-pack *Late* 1-2; tall $75:

    6-pack *Late* 1-2' tall $105:

  • Dr. Maxine Thompson's Japanese Haskap
    Pure Japanese genetics, usually less foliage than Russian plants
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    Solo, Maxie, Keiko, Tana, Kawai

    Plus other selections from Dr. Thompson's breeding program available upon special. order
    Dr. Bob Bors' University of Saskatchewan Selections
    mixed Russian/Japanese genetics
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    XL berries
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    L berries
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    XL berries

    LATE season selections
    7-14 days later than Early/Mid season honeyberries
    Grow well in Zones 3-8, trial for zones 2, 9 & 10

    Let us help you




    Solo and Maxie™







    Honeyberry Farm Kawai/Solo(TM), Maxie(TM)

    Dr. Thompson's orchard
    Other selections from Dr. Thompson's breeding program
    Honey Bunch(TM), Sugar Pie(TM) etc.

    * Large berries each has its own variation of taste. Tend to be milder (less tangy) than berries with Russian genetics. Enjoy them fresh or processed.
    * Fruit ripens a couple weeks after early ripening (Russian) honeyberries.
    * Cold hardy, but better suited to temperate climates than early blooming varieties.
    * Ancestry: 100% Japanese. Yezberry® brand refers to germplasm source, Hokkaido Island, which was once called Yez or Yezo Island. Some of Dr. Thompson's germplasm is not sold under the Yezberry® brand but still comes from the same area.
    * Origin: Developed in the U.S. by Dr. Maxine Thompson. Released to market in 2016.
    * Shrub Type: Deciduous
    * Flower Colors: Pale yellow
    * Light Requirement: Part Sun to Sun
    * Blooms On: Old Wood
    * Bloom Time: Early spring, late blooming category (14 days or more later than the earliest bloomers)
    * Pollinizer ratio: Opinions vary, though 1:3 or more should be adequate for home growers. (at least one companion per three of another single variety)
    * Hardiness Zones: 3a - 7b; possibly tolerates colder and warmer conditions - feedback requested
    * Water Category: Average. Water well first couple of years. Plants are more drought tolerant when mature.
    * Weeds: Critical to keep grass/weeds 2-3 feet away from young plants.
    * Pruning: Ater 3 years, do so after harvesting the fruit, removing oldest stems at base of bush. Or prune at base in late winter.
    * Predators: Birds (net bushes when berries are green), deer (young bushes), fox and even Fido the dog may also like the berries.
    * Harvest: Pick fruit 2-3 weeks after berries turn blue for maximum sweetness; taste one for sweetness first and if it is still on the sour side, give it a few more days.
    * Pruning video of Maxie™ and Keiko™, with cameo appearance of Solo™ and Kawai™.

    Height: 5-6 feet Spacing: 5-6 feet Spread: 5-6 feet, upright vase shape
    Berries: firm, oval-ovate in shape
    Pollination: Solo™ will bear fruit without another haskap for pollinization, but gets larger and more numerous berries with a companion pollenizer.
    Bloom time: Earliest of the Late Bloomers
    Harvest: Tastes good early into harvest, firm berry
    Yield: Our max yield - 5 lb
    Patent info 'Kapu'

    Solo Yezberry Haskap 4"-1' tall
    Solo(TM) Honeyberry QT pot

    Height: 5-6 feet
    Spacing: 5-6 feet Spread: 5-6 feet upright spreading
    Pollination: needs any other late bloomer for a companion
    Patent Info 'Kuchi'

    Maxie(TM) Yezberry Haskap 4"-1' tall
    Maxie(TM) Honeyberry QT pot

    One of the sweetest to taste, Keiko berries are some people's favorite
    Berries: medium-large, oval, tart-sweet, apex of berries are flattened. Avg. weight: 1.6 g
    Yield: <7.5 lbs after 7 years. Brix:13.5 Pedicel berry scar: very small, dry.
    Height: 5-6 feet Spacing: 5-6 feet Spread: 5-6 feet upright spreading, fewer basal shoots than Tana
    Pollination: needs any other late bloomer for a companion.
    Patent Info
    Disease: Susceptible to powdery mildew at our site in MN (not in many other locations) but doesn't bother fruit production

    Keiko Haskap 1-2' tall XL

    Berries: medium-large, oval, tart-sweet, firm berries. Apex of berries is rounded. High yield but as yet unrecorded.
    Height: 5-6 feet Spacing: 5-6 feet Spread: 5-6 feet upright spreading
    Pollination: needs any other late bloomer for a companion. Patent Info

    Tana Haskap 1-2' tall XL

    Height: 5-6' spreading
    sweet/tart flavor, one of the first of the late varieties to blossom and ripen.
    Pollination: overlaps sufficiently with any other late variety.
    Yield: 9 lbs in 6th year at Honeyberry Farm site zone 3.
    Cons: Uneven ripening, some berries drop easily.
    Harvest video Patent Info


    University of Saskatchewan Selections
    Boreal Series
    (Russian + Japanes and/or Kuril Genetics)

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    Boreal Blizzard

    * ‘Boreal Blizzard’ was so named because the fruit size, productivity, and flavour stopped the University of Saskatchewan evaluators in their tracks.
    * Ancestry: 50% Japanese, 50% Russian
    * Origin: University of Saskatchewan, Dr. Bob Bors, released to market 2016
    * Fruit Weight: 2.8 grams avg., 3.9 grams max
    * Fruit Shape: ‘Surfboard’. Rounded narrower ends, wide centre, a bit flattened
    * Fruit Firmness: Good
    * Flavour: Excellent, its 'tang' and 'zing' is possibly the best ever (similar to Aurora)
    * Sugars: 13.3 Brix pH: 3.3 Total Acidity: 1.08% Malic Equivalent
    * Bush Habit and Vigour: Upright and strong grower. The original seedling was 50% taller than ‘Indigo Gem’ planted at the same time, same field
    * Mildew and Sunscald Resistance: Excellent
    * Productivity: Heavy
    * Bloom Time Category: Late. Peak bloom is 4 to 7 days after Tundra/Indigo series. Similar to many Japanese selections but there are many Japanese selections that bloom later.
    * Pollinizers: Solo™ and Maxie™ Yezberries® may be the best, but the last of the Tundra/Indigo bloom should catch the first 60% of Blizzard (according to zone 2 bloom times). Beauty should overlap the last part of Blizzard. Aurora is too closely related to be a good pollenizer.
    * From www.fruit.usask.ca/Documents/Haskap/Boreal%20Blizzard.pdf

    Blizzard Honeyberry 1-2' tall

    Boreal Blizzard Honeyberry XL
    (note Blizzard XL is smaller than Beauty XL)

    Boreal Beauty

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    Boreal Beauty

    * ‘Boreal Beauty’ was so named as its heart or oval shaped berries should prove to be a beauty not only for their visual appeal but also for its firmness, fruit size, productivity, and flavour. Berries hold on to the bushes with just the right amount of force.
    * Ancestry: 37.5% Japanese, 37.5% Russian, 25% Kurile
    * Origin: University of Saskatchewan, Dr. Bob Bors, released from propagator 2016
    * Fruit Weight: 2.6g avg., 3.7g max
    * Fruit Shape: Thick Heart or thick Oval
    * Fruit Firmness: Excellent
    * Flavour: Excellent, its 'tang' and 'zing' is possibly the best ever (similar to Aurora)
    * Sugars: 16.9 Brix pH: 1.87 Total Acidity:
    * Bush Habit and Vigour: Upright and sturdy. The original seedling was 50% taller than ‘Indigo Gem’ planted at the same time, same field
    * Mildew and Sunscald Resistance: Excellent
    * Productivity: Heavy
    * Bloom Time Category: Very Late. Blizzard and Aurora stopped blooming 4 days earlier than Beauty in zone 2 in 2016.
    * Pollinizers: Solo™ and Maxie™ Yezberries® may be the closest in bloom time, but Aurora, Honey Bee and Blizzard may overlap a portion of Beauty (according to zone 2 bloom times).
    * From www.fruit.usask.ca/Documents/Haskap/Boreal%20Beauty%20May%202016.pdf

    Boreal Beauty Honeyberry 2-year-old
    Boreal Beauty Honeyberry XL

    Boreal Beast

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    Boreal Beast

    * Lineage: 50% Japanese, 25% Russian, 25% Kurile
    * Bloom Time Category: late, more seasons needed to investigate, Its peak bloom is between the peak bloom of Boreal Blizzard and Boreal Beauty.
    * Harvest Season: ripens after Saskatoon berries and just before our dwarf sour cherries, which is late July in Saskatoon
    * Fruit Weight: 1.86g (2014), 2.06 (2013)avg.
    * Fruit Shape: Thick Heart or thick Oval Fruit Firmness Excellent Flavour Excellent, very nice aroma and aftertaste Brix: 18.2 (2014) 13.0 (2013)
    * Total Acidity: 1.8 (2014), 2.16 (2013)
    * Bush Habit: Upright
    * Bush Vigour:Strong
    * Mildew Resistance: Excellent
    * Productivity: Good
    From www.fruit.usask.ca/Documents/Haskap/Boreal%20Beast%20May%202016.pdf.

    Beast Honeyberry 1-2' tall


    ATRAX Shaker

    Atrax-4 Shaker

    The vibrating carbon fiber teeth shake berries off bushes. Unit is ultra-light (< 7 lbs with 6.5' handle). Runs off a car battery. Adjustable speed for the rakes from 600-1200 cycles/min. Rakes with 8 interchangeable teeth, made from a special designed carbon fiber, that can deeply reach within the branches.

    HoneyberryUSA ATRAX videos: haskap/honeyberry, tart cherry, juneberry (saskatoon).
    Not pictured but works VERY well with currant and gooseberry bushes.

    Contact us to reserve your unit. Cost approx $999. The price includes the head, 750 W powerful brushless DC Motor, 5 ft fixed length aluminum pole, 46 ft extension cable, and 2 interchangeable poles 16 in, and 39 in that fit at the end of fixed length pole. Runs with a car type 12V battery (not included in purchase price). You will need a 12 V Deep Discharge Battery 80-100 A-Hr.


    De-leafer: Roll the berries down the adjustable slope. Attach a woodworking dust collection unit to suck the leaves up. $850 (de-leafer) + s/h manufactured by Indigo Super Tech.

    Will need a woodworking dust collection unit (not included) such as the WEN. Has a bag that inflates. Need to remove screen. Maybe General International would work as well, or mayber GI Portable.

    Berry bins not included, available from Glacier Valley.

    We store frozen berries in 18x36 3mil Poly Bags from Uline Beware these are not reliable enough to remain leak-proof when berries thaw, but they are a nice size to stack into a chest freezer.

    Honeyberry / Haskap Waxwing Harvester

    Waxwing Harvester

    Waxwing Harvester from Indigo Super Tech.
    Approx $USD:
    $1950 (harvester)
    + S/H.

    Used unit available for $1500 OBO

    Harvester: Will need Berry Trays

    Contact us to reserve your unit. View assembly video. Collection trays in frame good for younger plants, but bushes may outgrow frame.