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Lonicera caerulea 'Blue Velvet' (Honeyberry)

Honeyberry 'Blue Velvet', Blue Honeysuckle 'Blue Velvet', Edible Honeysuckle 'Blue Velvet', Sweetberry Honeysuckle 'Blue Velvet', Haskap 'Blue Velvet', Lonicera caerulea 'Kiev #8', Lonicera caerulea var. kamtschiatica


Exceptionally hardy, Lonicera caerulea 'Blue Velvet' (Honeyberry) is a deciduous shrub with attractive, gray-green, velvety leaves and small, funnel-shaped, slightly fragrant, white flowers in early spring. The blossoms give way to teardrop-shaped, dark blue berries which ripen in late spring or early summer. Similar to blueberries in taste and looks, they may be eaten directly off the bush or harvested for use in jams, pies or juices. Ideally honeyberries should be planted in pairs or groups, as this will increase the rate of pollination and fruit production. Hand pollination is a good alternative since there is little pollinating insect activity in early spring: lightly brush over the flowers with a small, soft paint brush.

  • Grows up to 3-4 ft. tall and wide (90-120 cm)
  • A full sun to part shade lover, this plant is best grown in organically-rich, moist, well-drained soils. This honeyberry will take full sun in cool areas, but appreciate some afternoon shade in hotter areas. Provide consistent moisture in the early years. Some drought tolerance once established. Adapts to a wide range of soils, including acidic or alkaline soil - making it a great alternative for gardeners struggling to grow blueberries. A mulch of well-composted organic matter will help retain moisture.
  • Excellent choice for fruit gardens, this plant may be used for hedges.
  • Low maintenance, this plant is deer resistant and generally pest and disease free.
  • Prune established plants after harvesting.
  • Plant in spring when there is no risk of frost. This will enable the plant to get establish over the following summer.
  • Propagate by seed, hardwood cuttings or semi-ripe cuttings
  • Native to Siberia, northern China and northern Japan

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 7
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, A1, A2, A3
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Lonicera - Honeysuckles
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 3' – 4' (90cm – 120cm)
Spread 3' – 4' (90cm – 120cm)
Spacing 48" (120cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Fruit & Berries
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 7
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, A1, A2, A3
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Lonicera - Honeysuckles
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 3' – 4' (90cm – 120cm)
Spread 3' – 4' (90cm – 120cm)
Spacing 48" (120cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Fruit & Berries
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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