Fragrant white spring flowers just add to the appeal!


Blue Velvet® Honeyberry Plant

Trade Gallon
Item # 47637
$24.95
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Lonicera kamchatika Blue Velvet™

This Honeysuckle relative has been a delicacy in Europe and Asia for centuries!
Beloved in Europe and Asia for centuries but almost unknown here, Honeyberry is a relative of the Honeysuckle with sweet, succulent, VERY edible fruit resembling blueberries. A shade-lover, it bears lovely white flowers in spring, followed in early summer by some of the juiciest, most delectable little berries you will ever taste. You've got to try it!

Blue Velvet™ is about 4 to 5 feet tall, and very easy to grow in regular to poor, moist soil and any shady spot (except in the northernmost portion of its hardiness range, where some sun is preferred.) The 1½-inch, cylindrical blue fruit ripens about 2 weeks before strawberries in most regions, beginning the first or second year after planting. Even when not in flower or fruit, however, this Honeyberry is attractive, thanks to velvety grayish-green foliage.

Native to eastern Siberia, this hardy deciduous species is untroubled by pests or disease. Blue Velvet™ is a unisex type, meaning that it is NOT self-fertile but will pollinate with any other Honeyberry -- so plant it with Blue Forest and both varieties will fruit equally heavily, bearing 3 to 5 pounds of delicious berries in early summer.

Honeyberry has no chill requirement, and is quite long-lived (except 50 to 75 years of active fruiting!). No fertilizer is required, but if you decide to use one, a balanced mixture such as 10-10-10 or 5-5-5 is ideal. Mulch as necessary to maintain moisture in the soil. Zones 3-8, 9 West Coast.

Genus Lonicera
Species kamchatika
Variety Blue Velvet™
Item Form Trade Gallon
Zone 3 - 8
Bloom Season Mid Spring - Late Spring
Fruit Color Blue
Plant Height 4 ft - 5 ft
Plant Width 3 ft - 4 ft
Additional Characteristics Bird Lovers, Edible
Bloom Color White
Bloom Season Spring
Harvest Season Early Summer, Mid Summer
Light Requirements Shade
Moisture Requirements Moist,  well-drained
Resistance Disease Resistant, Pest Resistant
Soil Tolerance Normal,  loamy
Uses Outdoor
Restrictions Canada, Hawaii, Puerto Rico
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Lonicera
Honeysuckle

Planting:

Space plants with regard to ultimate spread of the species or cultivar you’ve chosen. Honeysuckle is widely tolerant of soil types and locations, but prefers a well-drained loam. Flower production will be most profuse in full sun.


Maintenance:

Easy to grow, honeysuckle requires little attention except to restrain spread of some vining types which can be too aggressive. Prune shrubby varieties hard after flowering, removing a third of wood to ground level each year. A light application of a balanced fertilizer each spring is beneficial.


Zones:

Zones various

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