Honeyberry, Haskap, and other Cold Hardy Fruit Trees
 
Honeyberry Fruit
Tundra berries Berry Smart Blue, Borealis, Tundra July 5, 2016 Zone 3
 
Honeyberry Plants

Honeyberry Plants and Cold Hardy Fruit Trees for Sale

*** Orders received after June 1 will be shipped in late October. See Shipping dates ***
Wholesale pricing available for over 50 plants
Early bloomers and Late bloomers
Contact us for any other variety you don't see listed below.

If you are having trouble deciding what to get, let us help you decide - simply order a 4-PACK or 6-PACK of plants and save $.

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.

Note: For growers on the west coast and in zones 7 or higher, we recommend our late bloomers which break do not break dormancy as quickly as the early bloomers. Our late bloomers have also proven to be cold hardy to zone 3 and possibly even lower.

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.

EARLY and MID season selections
Zones 1-6
Trial in zones 7+ where Late bloomers grow better

Aurora Honeyberry

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* Our favorite early blooming variety
* One of the largest berries, with fantastic taste, fast grower and very good productivity         
* Dry scar (stem detaches easily without "bleeding" juice), fairly tough skin like Tundra
* Early blooming
* Upgright growth habit makes for easy picking
* Mature height estimated at 5-6 feet, upgright and spreading shape
* Wine characteristics unknown at this time, but should be similar to Indigo series
* For maximum pollination plant with a different honeyberry such as Indigo Gem, but initial reports reveal significant self-pollination
* If ordering several plants, we recommend planting the majority Aurora, it is so good all-around!
* Pollinates all other early blooming honeyberries listed on this page, and vice versa
* May not overlap much bloom time with Borealis or Honey Bee in zones 6 and higher.
* Resistent to mildew
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12-24" tall


Indigo Gem Honeyberry

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* One of the preferred fresh-eating berries for its sweetness and slightly chewy texture, with very good productivity.
* Good mixed with other berries in processing
* Somewhat susceptible to mildew and sunburn but this normally doesn't affect fruit production
* Higher yield than Borealis or Tundra
* V-shaped, open bush
* Early blooming
* Mature height 4-5'
* Very good berry for wine.
* Pollenizers: Aurora, Berry Smart Blue, Sugar Mountain® Blue, Svetlana, Honey Bee (Honey Bee may bloom later in zones 5-8)
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Indigo Treat Honeyberry

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* Fruit high in flavor similar to Indigo Gem
* Excellent firmness, similar to Tundra, but higher yield
* More tolerant of mildew and sunburn than many other varieties
* V-shaped, open bush
* Early blooming
* Mature height 4-5'
* Pollenizers: Aurora, Berry Smart Blue, Sugar Mountain® Blue, Svetlana, Honey Bee (Honey Bee may bloom later in zones 5-8)
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12-20" tall


Honey Bee Honeyberry

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* Good for fresh eating or processing, and very productive
* Fruit has an interesting, light tartness
* Mid-early blooming
* Plant holds onto its fruit firmly until berry ripens fully
* As berry ripens, stems detach more easily. (Similar to Borealis)
* Upright growth habit makes for easy picking
* Leaves are resistant to sunburn and powdery mildew
* Grows approx 6' tall
* Pollenizers zones 1-4: All other early or mid varieties
* Pollenizers zones 5-8: Borealis
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6-16 tall"

Borealis Honeyberry

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* Excellent berry for fresh eating as well as jams and jellies and good productivity.
* Mid-Early blooming
* Mature height 4-5'
* Heavy foliage on dome shaped bush
* Best for home gardeners who can hand pick the softer berries which are hidden by the foliage and low to the ground
* Best dessert wine (highest brix)
* Pollenizers zones 1-4: Aurora, Honey Bee, Berry Smart Blue, Sugar Mountain® Blue or Svetlana
* Pollenizers zones 5-8: Honey Bee
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6-16" tall

Tundra Honeyberry

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* Firm enough for commercial harvesting, yet tender enough to melt in your mouth
* Good for fresh eating as well as baking, but lower productivity.
* Early blooming
* Earlier ripening than Borealis by a few days
* V-shaped, more open bush than Borealis
* Very easy picking as berries are quite visible and drop easily, with few stems that stay attached.
* Less tangy than Borealis
* Mature height 4-5'
* Exellent berry for wine
* Pollenizers: Aurora, Berry Smart Blue, Sugar Mountain® Blue, Svetlana, Honey Bee (Honey Bee may bloom later in zones 5-8)
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12-24"


Sugar Mountain® Blue Honeyberry

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* Bred in the Czech Republic
* Very tasty berries good fresh or processed
* Berries seem extra juicy
* Early blooming, early dormancy, fast growing
* Susceptible to mildew on leaves, doesn't affect berries
* Similar to Czech #17
* Mature height 5-6'
* Pollenizers zones 1-4: Aurora, Berry Smart Blue (Czech #17), Indigo Gem, Svetlana, Tundra, Honey Bee, Borealis
* Pollenizers zones 5-8: Aurora, Berry Smart Blue (Czech #17), Indigo Gem, Svetlana, Tundra
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6-16" tall


Berry Smart Blue Honeyberry (Czech #17)

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* Tasty tart berries good fresh or processed, very good productivity.
* Early blooming, early dormancy, fast growing
* Susceptible to sunburn and powdery mildew, but these issues do not affect fruit production.
* Mature height 6-8'
* Same as Czech #17 honeyberry
* Somewhat astringent berry for wine
* Pollenizers zones 1-4: Aurora, Sugar Mountain® Blue, Indigo Gem, Svetlana, Tundra, Honey Bee, Borealis
* Pollenizers zones 5-8: Aurora, Sugar Mountain® Blue, Indigo Gem, Svetlana, Tundra
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6-16" tall


Additional Early Selections

Svetlana Honeyberry





Honeyberry Four-Packs

Honeyberry Fruit

4-pack (2 Aurora, 2 Companions*) Early bloomers best in zones 1-6

6-16"" tall - $55


12-20" tall - $68

*Companion Varieties (according to availability)

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Honeyberry Six-Packs

Honeyberry Shrubs


6-pack Early or Late Blooming (Late blooming recommended for zones 7 and up)

6-16" tall - $81

Bloom Time


12-20" tall - $99
Bloom Time

*Companion Varieties (according to availability)

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

Solo™ and Maxie™ Yezberries®

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* Large berries are sweet and juicy; 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™ refers to germplasm source, Hokkaido Island, which was once called Yez or Yezo Island.
* Origin: Developed in the U.S. by Dr. Maxine Thompson. Released to market in 2016.
* Shrub Type: Deciduous
* Height: 5-6 feet
* Spacing: 5-6 feet
* Spread: 5-6 feet
* 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 early bloomers)
* Pollination: Solo™ will bear fruit without another haskap for pollinization,
                   but gets larger and more numerous berries with a companion pollenizer.
                   Maxie™ needs a companio such as Solo™ which blossoms at the same time.
                   Boreal Blizzard blossoms at a similar time.
* 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 4-5 years, do so after harvesting the fruit, removing oldest stems at base of bush.
* 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 3 weeks after berries turn blue for maximum sweetness; taste one for sweetness first and if it is still green inside and on the sour side, give it a few more days.
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Plants shipped may be bare root or potted

Solo™
Maxie™

Also NEW in May 2017: Honey Bunch™ and Sugar Pie™ Yezberry®
* Similar to Solo and Maxie but shorter, more compact plants (3-5')


Coming Fall 2017: Keiko & Tana - 2 more late bloomers from Dr. Maxine Thompson's breeding program. Each variety is characterized by slight variations of flavor and berry shape. As flavor is quite subjective, we can't say which one you'll like best, but we can say we like them all!

Boreal Blizzard

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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.
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NEW RELEASE 4-6" tall

Boreal Beauty

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* ‘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).
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NEW RELEASE 4-6" tall

Honeyberry / Haskap Cookbook

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In the same fashion that the haskap berry is new to our tables, so likewise is a haskap cookbook new to our kitchens...making it most likely the first of its kind in the world! And being so made it a challenge in its own right to produce. Since it is still a relatively unknown fruit, a cookbook that highlights the joys of using it is by definition difficult to write. Not only are recipes difficult to find, but the inherent puzzle of actually finding out how other ingredients interact with haskap, or even of proving the submitted recipes, are themselves at the root of this challenge. Add to this their desire to accommodate gluten-free and low-/no-sugar diets and Loretta Bors and Lil Sawatzky have done a wonderful job. Illustrated and with fun-facts added, their haskaptions bring recipes to life on the page, even as the results of these recipes will being flavour and zest to your fare! (haskap-canada.blogspot.ca:)

$15



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. They can be planted from early spring to late fall, dormant or leafed out. Nothing needs to be done for winter precautions other than normal deer, rabbit and rodent protection. 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. Moderate applications of time-released fertilizer or aged manure along with regular watering is beneficial. They grow in 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. However, early blooming plants may not set fruit in some west coast or warmer climates due to lack of active pollinators (e.x. bumblebees) at their blossom time.


Remember to order at least one companion variety for every 3-5 other honeyberry plants for adequate pollination. If you don't find what you're looking for, please contact us and we'll do our best to help you out!

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