Tell me about honeyberries

bakemom_gw(z6 Central Ohio)July 10, 2012

I was intrigued by this fruit. I am in both Columbus and Chillicothe (Freanklin and ross counties) zones 6. What can you tell me about them...your personal experiences?

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gator_rider2(z8 Ga.)

Below link to 7 web pages on Honeyberries maybe answer there.

Here is a link that might be useful: Honeyberries

    Bookmark   July 11, 2012 at 6:43PM
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I find the berries to be very tart! there are newer varieties in Canada that are said to be much better, but I'll wait until somebody can actually vouch for there taste.

    Bookmark   July 11, 2012 at 8:12PM
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gator_rider2(z8 Ga.)

With Honey berries you need cross pollinator so plant 2 variety's.

    Bookmark   July 11, 2012 at 8:26PM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

This is a good fruit for cold climates, it might work for you, a discussion is on here, [link]

Here is a link that might be useful: Haskap

    Bookmark   July 11, 2012 at 10:05PM
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armyofda12mnkeys(7a, Philly, PA)

Not sure if this helps but I asked a person in the U.S. doing trials/breeding about them if this info is any useful:

----- My Message/questions -----
I was referred to you by someone on gardenweb forums and said you do extensive work with HoneyBerries.
I was just curious that at some point in garden, I think I will make some room to plant a couple HoneyBerry plants (assume you need two different varieties to fertilize each other).
I live around Philadelphia, PA which has humid summers and cold winters (well relatively cold, usually minimum lows around 15-20F).
The person i talked to said the more moderate climate HoneyBerries out of Japan might be best way to go. I was just curious if you had some recommendations on varieties.

Also can HoneyBerries be grown in the shade/partial shade as thats where i can make most room in garden right now?


Dear Arian,
The plants that I work with are Japanese haskap (a different subspecies of blue honeysuckle than honeyberries.) For information about this new crop please google "haskap" and read my article "Haskap arrives in North America". It was published by the Home Orchard Society in Oregon.
There are 2 kinds of blue honeysuckle available in nurseries. 1) honeyberries that are of Russian origin" and Canadian haskap (not of Japanese origin). I have not yet released any true Japanese haskap but hope to do so within a few years. These are well adpated to moderate climates such as W. Oregon. I am told that my selections on trial in Saskatoon, Canada also are doing well.

I'm not sure how much shade they will tolerate.
Maxine Thompson

    Bookmark   July 12, 2012 at 4:17PM
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