Honeyberry, Haskap, and other Cold Hardy Fruit Trees
Honeyberry Fruit
Haskap/Honeyberries  Sour Cherries  Currants/Gooseberies  Saskatoons  Seaberry  Goji/Elderberry/Kiwi/Misc 
Orders received after June 1 will be shipped in late October. See Shipping cost/dates
Tundra berries Berry Smart Blue, Borealis, Tundra July 5, 2016 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.
Honeyberry Plants

Honeyberry Plants and Cold Hardy Fruit Trees for Sale

Early bloomers (zones 2-6) * Late bloomers (zones 2-9)
Bloom Chart * Shipping cost/dates * Wholesale for 50+ plants/species

Trouble deciding? order a 4-PACK or 6-PACK of plants and save $.
Save even more $ by ordering 10+ plants - use drop-down pricing for total # honeyberry plants of any variety.

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 and MID season selections USDA zones 1-6

All taste very good, but Aurora*, Honey Bee*, & Indigo Gem* typically rate highest for overall best picks.
For West Coast and zones 7+, Late bloomers fare better
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large berries
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Honey Bee*
large berries
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Indigo Gem*
med. berries
med. firm
Indigo Treat
med. berries
med. firm
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med. berries
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med. berries
v. firm
Sugar Mountain Blue
long berries
sweet tart
Berry Smart Blue
long, smaller

Honeyberry Four-Packs and Six-Packs
You choose Early or Late
We select the varieties for you


Honeyberry Fruit

4-pack 4-11"" tall - $55

Bloom Time
4-pack 12-20" tall - $68
Bloom Time

6-pack 4-11" tall - $81
Bloom Time
6-pack 12-20" tall - $99
Bloom Time

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

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 $.

Dr. Maxine Thompson's Japanese Haskap
Pure Japanese genetics, usually less foliage than Russian plants

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Solo, Maxie, Keiko, Tana, Kawai, Honey Bunch, Sugar Pie, & more

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




Solo and Maxie™







Video visit Dr. Thompson's orchard

* 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.
* 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 4-5 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.
* More Info

Most of our selection of Japanese plants have been grown out for one season in our naturally grown (chemical free) nursery plot. Typically 12"+, multi-stemmed, shipped bare root with roots well wrapped to prevent drying out during shipment.

Solo™ 'Kapu'
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. Patent info

Maxie™ 'Kuchi'
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
One of the sweetest to taste, Keiko berries are some people's favorite
Berries: medium-large, oval, tart-sweet, apex of berries are flattened. Yield: 7.5 lbs after 7 years.
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

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
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.
Harvest video Patent Info
4-8" tall new in 2018

Forthcoming selections from Dr. Thompson's breeding program:

Taka Patent Info The female parent of `Taka`, `Keiko` differs from `Taka` in having a more vigorous growth habit and fruit that is oval in shape, less sweet, and less firm. Chito Patent Info
`Kapu` is similar to `Chito` in having a similar fruit flavor. `Kapu` differs from `Chito` in having a very upright growth habit with denser branching, in having fruit that is firmer and matures about one week later. `Taka` is similar to `Chito` in having a similar blooming period and fruit harvest date. `Taka` differs from `Chito` in having fruit that is cylindrical in shape, slightly sweeter in flavor and slightly firmer.

Kaido #22-64 Patent Info `Kapu` differs from `Kaido` in having a much more vigorous and upright growth habit and in having fruit that is oval-ovate in shape, firmer, and matures one week later. `Keiko` differs from `Kaido` in having a more vigorous growth habit and in having fruit that is oval in shape and matures one week later.

Shorter Haskap

Honey Bunch™ 'Kaido'
Height: 3-5 feet Spacing: 3-5 feet Spread: 3-5 feet, upright spreading
Pollination: Any other late blooming companion Patent Info
Sugar Pie™ 'Hoka'
Height: 3-4 feet Spacing: 3-4 feet Spread: 3-4 feet, upright spreading
Pollination: Any other late blooming companion Patent Info

University of Saskatchewan Selections

Russian + Japanes and/or Kuril Genetics

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.
* From www.fruit.usask.ca/Documents/Haskap/Boreal%20Blizzard.pdf

6-11" tall or more

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

6-11" tall or more

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.

6-11" tall or more

Honeyberry / Haskap Waxwing Harvester

Waxwing Harvester


Now taking orders for spring 2018 delivery to the USA:
   Waxwing Harvester and De-Leafer from Indigo Super Tech.
Anticipated price$USD:
$1950 (harvester)
$850 (de-leafer)
+ S/H.
Contact us to reserve your unit. View assembly video.

Honeyberry / Haskap Cookbook

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:)


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.