Lonicera Blue Velvet® Honeyberry

Lonicera Blue Velvet® Honeyberry

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Yummy "Blue Berries" on an Easy-to-Grow Plant
SKU 47637
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Trade Gallon
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Key Characteristics
Zone

3 - 8

Mature Height

5 Feet

Mature Width

4 Feet

Sun / Shade

Shade

Moisture Level

Moist, well-drained

Soil Type

Normal, loamy

Description / Lonicera Blue Velvet® Honeyberry

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.

Lonicera Blue Velvet® Honeyberry 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 bush bears 3 to 5 pounds of delicious berries in early summer. 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, Lonicera Blue Velvet® Honeyberry is attractive, thanks to velvety grayish-green foliage.

Native to eastern Siberia, this hardy deciduous species is untroubled by pests or disease. Lonicera Blue Velvet® Honeyberry is a unisex type, meaning that it is NOT self-fertile but will pollinate with any other Honeyberry.

Lonicera Blue Velvet® Honeyberry has no chill requirement, and is quite long-lived (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.

Product Details

Item Form Trade Gallon
Genus Lonicera
Species kamchatika
Variety Blue Velvet®
Product Classification Fruit
USDA Zone Low 3
USDA Zone High 8
Sun / Shade Shade
Bloom Color White
Bloom Season Start Mid Spring
Bloom Season End Late Spring
Harvest Season Early Summer, Mid Summer
Resistance Disease Resistant, Pest Resistant
Special Features Bird Lovers, Edible
Uses Outdoor
Zone 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
State Shipping Restrictions GU, HI, PR, VI

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