Honeyberry, Haskap, and other Cold Hardy Fruit Trees
 
Honeyberry Fruit


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All plants on this page are of the species Lonicera caerulea L. whether they go by the name haskap, honeyberry, or Yezberry(R). In general, "honeyberry" refers to subspecies such as edulis of Russian origin, "haskap" to subspecies with some emphyllocalyx / Japanese origin, and Yezberry(R) 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.
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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.

We refer you to another Plant database for even more information.



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.


Customer feedback
Quite impressed with my 4 yr. old Auroras and Honey bee. Despite our severe drought we got about 4 lbs from each and we had late frosts that got below 25f. right up to june 23 and they still flowered/ set fruit fine. Frenchville, ME

 
Honeyberry Plants

Honeyberry Plants for Sale

Orders received after May 18 may be shipped in late October. We will notify you.

Save $ by ordering 10+ plants - use drop-down pricing for total # honeyberry plants of any mixture of varieties or see Wholesale pricelist for 50+ plants/species.

Note that for zones 7-9, Late bloomers usually fare better

EARLY-MID season selections USDA zones 1-6

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Aurora*
large berries
firm
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Honey Bee*
large berries
firm
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Indigo Gem*
med. berries
med. firm
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Indigo Treat*
med. berries
med. firm
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Tundra
med. berries
v. firm
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Berry Smart Blue
(Czech #17)

long, smaller
tart






University of Saskatchewan Selections
Boreal Series

Mid to Mid-Late Bloomers
(Russian + Japanes and/or Kuril Genetics)
video



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Blizzard
XL berries
firm
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Beast
L berries
firm
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Beauty
XL berries
firm


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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
* 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: *Beast*, Honey Bee (Beast begins blooming along with Blizzard. Honey Bee would start a little earlier and overlap approx 80%. The last of the Tundra/Indigo bloom should catch the first 60% of Blizzard (according to zone 2 bloom times). Beauty may overlap the last bit of Blizzard. Aurora is too closely related to be a good pollenizer. Solo(TM) and Maxie(TM) Yezberries(R) would overlap approx the last half of Blizzard.)

Pros:
* Mildew and Sunscald Resistance: Excellent
* Productivity: Heavy
* Pollenizers:Blizzard, Beauty

Cons:
Somewhat susceptible to wind damage

More info: https://research-groups.usask.ca/fruit/documents/haskap/Boreal-Blizzard-May-2016.pdf

Blizzard Honeyberry 4"-1' tall
Blizzard Honeyberry 1-2' tall
Boreal Blizzard Honeyberry Gal/BR

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

Cons:
* Susceptible to wind damage.

More info: https://research-groups.usask.ca/fruit/documents/haskap/Boreal-Beast-May-2016.pdf.

Beast Honeyberry 4"-1' tall
Boreal Beast Honeyberry Gal/BR

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: Beast, Solo(TM) and Maxie(TM) Yezberries(R), Strawberry Sensation
* Somewhat resistant to wind damage
* More info https://research-groups.usask.ca/fruit/documents/haskap/Boreal-Beauty-May-2016.pdf



Beauty Honeyberry 4"-1'
Beauty Honeyberry 1-2' tall
Boreal Beauty Honeyberry Gal/BR

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


Solo(TM)

  Solo(TM)  

Maxie(TM)
Maxie(TM)

SoloMaxie(TM)
Solo and Maxie(TM)

Keiko







Keiko   

Kawai(TM)

  Kawai  

Kawai(TM)

  Kawai(TM)  

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

Dr. Thompson's orchard

Thompson's breeding program history

Garden Answers Video - How to Plant Honeyberries (Haskap)



* 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(R) 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(R) 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(TM) and Keiko(TM), with cameo appearance of Solo(TM) and Kawai(TM).

Solo(TM)
Height: 5-6 feet Spacing: 5-6 feet Spread: 5-6 feet, upright vase shape
Berries: firm, oval-ovate in shape
Pollination: Solo(TM) 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(TM) Yezberry Haskap 3"-6" tall, plug grown in 2.5" wide pot


Maxie(TM)
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 6"-10" tall, grown in 4" wide pot


In addition to Solo/Maxie you may want to try:


Keiko
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.
Disease: Susceptible to powdery mildew at our site in MN (not reported in other locations) but doesn't bother fruit production
Patent Info

Keiko 4"-1' tall 2.5" pot



Tana
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 4"-1' tall 2.5" pot




Taka 4"-1' tall 2.5" pot
Berries: medium-large, oval, tart-sweet, firm berries.
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


Kawai
Height: 5-6' spreading
Berries:
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.

Patent info Harvest video

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Strawberry Sensation

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Strawberry Sensation
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* Lineage: 100% Japanese
* Bloom Time Category: late, more seasons needed to investigate, Its peak bloom is reported to be with Keiko.
* Fruit Shape: Thick Oval Fruit Firmness Excellent Flavour, very nice strawberry aftertaste
* Bush Habit: Upright
* Bush Vigour:Strong
* Mildew Resistance: Unknown
* Productivity: Good
* Pollenizers: Late varieties such as Beauty, Solo(TM), Maxie(TM), etc.

We grow and have tasted every other honeyberry we sell, except for this one, which comes to us highly recommended from one of our commercial growers who has many varieties and Strawberry Sensation ranks near the top in his opinion as well as his customers' for its "superb" flavor. He asked us to carry it and we are happy to offer it to everyone. Companions/bloom overlap: Solo, Kawai, Maxie, Keiko, Taka, Chito. May start to bloom a little after Boreal Beauty starts to bloom.

Strawberry Sensation 4-11" tall



Equipment

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

De-Leafer
De-leafer: Roll the berries down the adjustable slope. Attach a woodworking dust collection unit to suck the leaves up. Order directly from Indigo Super Tech. (Tell them we sent you!)

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 - Order directly from Indigo Super Tech (tell them we sent you!).

Will need to order Berry Trays


View assembly video. Collection trays in frame good for younger plants, but bushes may outgrow frame.