A small shade tolerant shrub, native to Siberia and Japan. The honeyberry bush produces an elongated blueberry-like fruit a month or more before the earliest blueberries. Honeyberry fruits are sweet enough to enjoy fresh, with tiny edible seeds, and can be used in cooking as with blueberries. Honeyberries are produced in easy to harvest clusters. Some varieties, such as Blue Bird and Blue Belle are from the far North and can bloom too early in milder winter areas or regions subject to warm spells in the spring. Blue Sea, Blue Pagoda are later blooming varieties that are more likely to be flowering when pollinating insects are active and are equally winter hardy to Blue Sky and Blue Bird. Plant two different varieties for fruit production. Hardy to -40° F when fully dormant.
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Late blooming variety, big sweet fruit with a firm texture and good flavor. From Northern Japan where it is known as Chitose No. 11. Mature height is around 4-5 feet. Blue Pagoda™ Honeyberry pollinates with Blue Velvet, Kamchatka, Blue Moon, Blue Sea, or Blue Pacific. Zone 3-8.
Especially flavorful sweet blue fruits for fresh eating or drying. Indigo Gem is early blooming, and pollinates with Indigo Treat, Indigo Yum, Borealis, and other early to mid-season blooming honeyberries. June ripening in the Pacific Northwest.
A sweet fruited high yielding selection from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. Medium sized, 4'x4' mildew resistant bushes. Indigo Treat honeyberry is early blooming, and pollinates best with Indigo Gem, Indigo Yum, Borealis, Blue Sky and Berry Blue. Zone 2-8