Honeyberry Fruit
Haskap/Honeyberries  Sour Cherries  Currants/Gooseberies  Saskatoons  Seaberry  Goji/Elderberry/Kiwi/Misc 
Orders received after June 1 will be shipped in late October. See Shipping cost/dates


Tundra berries

Berry Smart Blue, Borealis, Tundra July 5, 2016 Zone 3
July 11, 2018, Zone 3
July 11, 2018, Zone 3

Ripening: all haskap need approximately 6 weeks from pollination until full ripeness. Blossoms may be pollinated at different times throughout the bloom season, which can run 2-3 weeks, depending on availability of pollinators (bees, other insects) and weather which may accelerate or delay the opening of blossoms and flight of pollinators. So berries do not usually all ripen at the same time but it is quite acceptable to have some tarter berries mixed in with riper ones for processing. Some people enjoy eating tart berries fresh off the bush, others will let the berries ripen as long as possible on the bush. It is difficult to determine ripeness by color alone but if the berry detaches easily, it is most likely quite ripe.

We have a trial orchard with over 40 named varieties and while most of them have good tasting berries, we have selected our favorites to offer to you.



Honeyberries travel very well and usually bounce back from any shipping damage if given a chance. They usually arrive within 1-4 days, but tolerate a week or more in transit, even when leafed out.

  • Planting: spring or fall
  • Winter prep: nothing other than normal deer, rabbit and rodent protection
  • Growth: Some varieties grow faster and taller than others, typically from 1'-2' a year. They put out most of their fresh growth in early spring, then the stems thicken over the summer. They may put out a couple of stems of new growth in the fall, and even the odd blossom.
  • Mulching: helps with weed and moisture control, but be sure to leave a couple inches free around the stem.
  • Fertilizer: Moderate applications of time-released fertilizer or aged manure along with regular watering is beneficial.
  • Shade/Sun: partial shade to full sun (shade recommended for warmer zones). They struggle in excessive heat and dryness, and in overly wet and windy conditions. They have been grown successfully in full sun as far north as Alaska and in the shade as far south as Georgia and California.
  • Early/Late blooming: Early blooming plants may not set fruit in some west coast or warmer climates due to breaking dormancy too early/lack of active pollinators (e.x. bumblebees) at their blossom time.
  • Pollination: Order at least one companion variety for every 3-5 other honeyberry plants for adequate pollination.

For a more detailed comparison of honeyberry plants and berries, please see our blog, along with more pics of bushes and berries.

 
Honeyberry Plants

Honeyberry Plants and Cold Hardy Fruit Trees for Sale

Early bloomers (zones 2-6) * Late bloomers (zones 2-9)
Bloom Chart * Shipping cost/dates * Wholesale for 50+ plants/species

Save $ by ordering 10+ plants - use drop-down pricing for total # honeyberry plants of any variety.

Note that all plants on this page are of the species Lonicera caerulea L. whether they go by the name haskap, honeyberry, or YezberryÂŽ. In general, "honeyberry" refers to subspecies such as edulis of Russian origin, "haskap" to subspecies with some emphyllocalyx / Japanese origin, and YezberryÂŽ of pure emphyllocalyx / Japanese origin. It matters not so much what they are called, but matching the bloom times is critical, as most varieties need a companion for pollination. Each variety will list a recommended pollenizer according to bloom time. For more detailed info on bloom times, click here.
Trouble deciding? Click here for some tips

EARLY and MID season selections USDA zones 1-6

All taste very good, but Aurora*, Honey Bee*, & Indigo Gem* typically rate highest for overall best picks.
For West Coast and zones 7+, Late bloomers fare better
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Aurora*
large berries
firm
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Honey Bee*
large berries
firm
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Indigo Gem*
med. berries
med. firm
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Indigo Treat
med. berries
med. firm
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Borealis
med. berries
soft
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Tundra
med. berries
v. firm
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Sugar Mountain Blue
long berries
sweet tart
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Berry Smart Blue
long, smaller
tart











Selection Tips

Honeyberry Fruit
4-11" plants

Honeyberry Fruit
1-2' plants

Some may be shipped bare root

Early Blooming: zones 2-5
  • Aurora (Great Taste/Yield/Upgright Growing/Large Berries)
  • Indigo Gem (Great Taste/Good Yield/Squatty bush)
  • Berry Smart Blue (Upright Growing/Smaller berries/Highest Yield/Very Good but Tartest berries)

    Late Blooming: zones 2-8 ignores mid-winter temperature fluctuations, blooming 1-2 weeks later than the early varieties
  • Beauty & Beast from the University of Saskatchewan - oblong berries, some Russian genetics, a little more complex flavor, more foliage
  • Solo(TM), Maxie(TM), Tana, Kawai from Dr. Maxine Thompson - rounder berries, pure Japanese genetics, less foliage

  • Dr. Maxine Thompson's Japanese Haskap
    Pure Japanese genetics, usually less foliage than Russian plants
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    Solo, Maxie, Keiko, Tana, Kawai, Honey Bunch, Sugar Pie, & more
    Dr. Bob Bors' University of Saskatchewan Selections
    mixed Russian/Japanese genetics
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    Blizzard
    XL berries
    firm
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    Beast
    L berries
    firm
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    Beauty
    XL berries
    firm

    LATE season selections
    7-14 days later than Early/Mid season honeyberries
    Grow well in Zones 3-8, trial for zones 2, 9 & 10

    Let us help you
    decide

    Solo™

      Solo™  

    Maxie™
    Maxie™

    SoloMaxie™
    Solo and Maxie™

    Keiko







    Keiko   

    Kawai™

      Kawai  

    Kawai™

      Kawai™  

    Videos
    Honeyberry Farm Kawai/Solo(TM), Maxie(TM)

    Dr. Thompson's orchard
    Forthcoming selections from Dr. Thompson's breeding program


    * Large berries each has its own variation of taste. Tend to be milder (less tangy) than berries with Russian genetics. Enjoy them fresh or processed.
    * Fruit ripens a couple weeks after early ripening (Russian) honeyberries.
    * Cold hardy, but better suited to temperate climates than early blooming varieties.
    * Ancestry: 100% Japanese. Yezberry™ brand refers to germplasm source, Hokkaido Island, which was once called Yez or Yezo Island.
    * Origin: Developed in the U.S. by Dr. Maxine Thompson. Released to market in 2016.
    * Shrub Type: Deciduous
    * Flower Colors: Pale yellow
    * Light Requirement: Part Sun to Sun
    * Blooms On: Old Wood
    * Bloom Time: Early spring, late blooming category (14 days or more later than the earliest bloomers)
    * Pollinizer ratio: Opinions vary, though 1:3 or more should be adequate for home growers. (at least one companion per three of another single variety)
    * Hardiness Zones: 3a - 7b; possibly tolerates colder and warmer conditions - feedback requested
    * Water Category: Average. Water well first couple of years. Plants are more drought tolerant when mature.
    * Weeds: Critical to keep grass/weeds 2-3 feet away from young plants.
    * Pruning: Ater 4-5 years, do so after harvesting the fruit, removing oldest stems at base of bush. Or prune at base in late winter.
    * Predators: Birds (net bushes when berries are green), deer (young bushes), fox and even Fido the dog may also like the berries.
    * Harvest: Pick fruit 2-3 weeks after berries turn blue for maximum sweetness; taste one for sweetness first and if it is still on the sour side, give it a few more days.
    * Pruning video of Maxie™ and Keiko™, with cameo appearance of Solo™ and Kawai™.

    Solo™
    Height: 5-6 feet Spacing: 5-6 feet Spread: 5-6 feet, upright vase shape
    Berries: firm, oval-ovate in shape
    Pollination: Solo™ will bear fruit without another haskap for pollinization, but gets larger and more numerous berries with a companion pollenizer.
    Bloom time: Earliest of the Late Bloomers
    Harvest: Tastes good early into harvest, firm berry
    Yield: Our max yield - 5 lb
    Patent info 'Kapu'

    Solo Yezberry Haskap 4"-1' tall
    Solo(TM) Haskap 3-year-old


    Maxie™
    Height: 5-6 feet
    Spacing: 5-6 feet Spread: 5-6 feet upright spreading
    Pollination: needs any other late bloomer for a companion
    Patent Info 'Kuchi'

    Maxie(TM) Yezberry Haskap 4"-1' tall
    Maxie(TM) Haskap 3-year-old


    Keiko
    One of the sweetest to taste, Keiko berries are some people's favorite
    Berries: medium-large, oval, tart-sweet, apex of berries are flattened. Avg. weight: 1.6 g
    Yield: <7.5 lbs after 7 years. Brix:13.5 Pedicel berry scar: very small, dry.
    Height: 5-6 feet Spacing: 5-6 feet Spread: 5-6 feet upright spreading, fewer basal shoots than Tana
    Pollination: needs any other late bloomer for a companion.
    Disease: Susceptible to powdery mildew but doesn't seem to bother fruit production

    Keiko Haskap 3-year-old

    Tana
    Berries: medium-large, oval, tart-sweet, firm berries. Apex of berries is rounded. High yield but as yet unrecorded.
    Height: 5-6 feet Spacing: 5-6 feet Spread: 5-6 feet upright spreading
    Pollination: needs any other late bloomer for a companion.
    Patent Info

    Tana Haskap 3-year-old



    Kawai
    Height: 5-6' spreading
    Berries:
    sweet/tart flavor, one of the first of the late varieties to blossom and ripen.
    Pollination: overlaps sufficiently with any other late variety.
    Yield: 9 lbs in 6th year at Honeyberry Farm site zone 3. Cons: Uneven ripening, some berries drop very easily.
    Harvest video Patent Info

    Kawai Haskap 4-11" tall


    University of Saskatchewan Selections
    Boreal Series
    (Russian + Japanes and/or Kuril Genetics)

    Boreal Blizzard

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    Boreal Blizzard

    * ‘Boreal Blizzard’ was so named because the fruit size, productivity, and flavour stopped the University of Saskatchewan evaluators in their tracks.
    * Ancestry: 50% Japanese, 50% Russian
    * Origin: University of Saskatchewan, Dr. Bob Bors, released to market 2016
    * Fruit Weight: 2.8 grams avg., 3.9 grams max
    * Fruit Shape: ‘Surfboard’. Rounded narrower ends, wide centre, a bit flattened
    * Fruit Firmness: Good
    * Flavour: Excellent, its 'tang' and 'zing' is possibly the best ever (similar to Aurora)
    * Sugars: 13.3 Brix pH: 3.3 Total Acidity: 1.08% Malic Equivalent
    * Bush Habit and Vigour: Upright and strong grower. The original seedling was 50% taller than ‘Indigo Gem’ planted at the same time, same field
    * Mildew and Sunscald Resistance: Excellent
    * Productivity: Heavy
    * Bloom Time Category: Late. Peak bloom is 4 to 7 days after Tundra/Indigo series. Similar to many Japanese selections but there are many Japanese selections that bloom later.
    * Pollinizers: Solo™ and Maxie™ Yezberries® may be the best, but the last of the Tundra/Indigo bloom should catch the first 60% of Blizzard (according to zone 2 bloom times). Beauty should overlap the last part of Blizzard. Aurora is too closely related to be a good pollenizer.
    * From www.fruit.usask.ca/Documents/Haskap/Boreal%20Blizzard.pdf

    Blizzard Honeyberry 4"-1' tall

    Boreal Beauty

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    Boreal Beauty

    * ‘Boreal Beauty’ was so named as its heart or oval shaped berries should prove to be a beauty not only for their visual appeal but also for its firmness, fruit size, productivity, and flavour. Berries hold on to the bushes with just the right amount of force.
    * Ancestry: 37.5% Japanese, 37.5% Russian, 25% Kurile
    * Origin: University of Saskatchewan, Dr. Bob Bors, released from propagator 2016
    * Fruit Weight: 2.6g avg., 3.7g max
    * Fruit Shape: Thick Heart or thick Oval
    * Fruit Firmness: Excellent
    * Flavour: Excellent, its 'tang' and 'zing' is possibly the best ever (similar to Aurora)
    * Sugars: 16.9 Brix pH: 1.87 Total Acidity:
    * Bush Habit and Vigour: Upright and sturdy. The original seedling was 50% taller than ‘Indigo Gem’ planted at the same time, same field
    * Mildew and Sunscald Resistance: Excellent
    * Productivity: Heavy
    * Bloom Time Category: Very Late. Blizzard and Aurora stopped blooming 4 days earlier than Beauty in zone 2 in 2016.
    * Pollinizers: Solo™ and Maxie™ Yezberries® may be the closest in bloom time, but Aurora, Honey Bee and Blizzard may overlap a portion of Beauty (according to zone 2 bloom times).
    * From www.fruit.usask.ca/Documents/Haskap/Boreal%20Beauty%20May%202016.pdf

    Beauty Honeyberry 4"-1'
    Beauty Honeyberry 1-2' tall

    Boreal Beast

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    Boreal Beast

    * Lineage: 50% Japanese, 25% Russian, 25% Kurile
    * Bloom Time Category: late, more seasons needed to investigate, Its peak bloom is between the peak bloom of Boreal Blizzard and Boreal Beauty.
    * Harvest Season: ripens after Saskatoon berries and just before our dwarf sour cherries, which is late July in Saskatoon
    * Fruit Weight: 1.86g (2014), 2.06 (2013)avg.
    * Fruit Shape: Thick Heart or thick Oval Fruit Firmness Excellent Flavour Excellent, very nice aroma and aftertaste Brix: 18.2 (2014) 13.0 (2013)
    * Total Acidity: 1.8 (2014), 2.16 (2013)
    * Bush Habit: Upright
    * Bush Vigour:Strong
    * Mildew Resistance: Excellent
    * Productivity: Good
    From www.fruit.usask.ca/Documents/Haskap/Boreal%20Beast%20May%202016.pdf.

    Beast Honeyberry 4"-1' tall
    Beast Honeyberry 1-2' tall

    Equipment

    ATRAX Shaker

    Atrax-4 Shaker

    The vibrating carbon fiber teeth shake berries off bushes. Unit is ultra-light (< 7 lbs with 6.5' handle). Runs off a car battery. Adjustable speed for the rakes from 600-1200 cycles/min. Rakes with 8 interchangeable teeth, made from a special designed carbon fiber, that can deeply reach within the branches.

    HoneyberryUSA ATRAX videos: haskap/honeyberry, tart cherry, juneberry (saskatoon).
    Not pictured but works VERY well with currant and gooseberry bushes.

    Contact us to reserve your unit. Cost approx $999. The price includes the head, 750 W powerful brushless DC Motor, 5 ft fixed length aluminum pole, 46 ft extension cable, and 2 interchangeable poles 16 in, and 39 in that fit at the end of fixed length pole. Runs with a car type 12V battery (not included in purchase price). You will need a 12 V Deep Discharge Battery 80-100 A-Hr.

    De-Leafer

    De-Leafer
    De-leafer: Roll the berries down the adjustable slope. Attach a woodworking dust collection unit to suck the leaves up. $850 (de-leafer) + s/h manufactured by Indigo Super Tech.

    Will need a woodworking dust collection unit (not included) such as the WEN. Has a bag that inflates. Need to remove screen. Maybe General International would work as well, or mayber GI Portable.

    Berry bins not included, available from Glacier Valley.

    We store frozen berries in 18x36 3mil Poly Bags from Uline Beware these are not reliable enough to remain leak-proof when berries thaw, but they are a nice size to stack into a chest freezer.

    Honeyberry / Haskap Waxwing Harvester

    Waxwing Harvester



    Waxwing Harvester from Indigo Super Tech.
    Approx $USD:
    $1950 (harvester)
    + S/H.

    Harvester: Will need Berry Trays


    Contact us to reserve your unit. View assembly video.