Plant spacing is based on the ultimate width of the plants. This figure is normally given as a range; for example, 3-5’. If you live in a cold climate and/or want plants to fill in more quickly, plan to space at the shorter end of the range. If you live in a warm climate, are on a limited budget, or are willing to wait longer for plants to touch, use the higher end of the range. Using the larger number is recommended when calculating distance from a building or structure. There’s really no such thing as "maximum spacing": if you don’t want your plants to touch, you can space them as far apart as you’d like. All plant spacing is calculated on center, or in other words, the centers of the plants are spaced one half of their eventual width apart:
Unless you are planting in a straight line, as you might for hedges or edging, space your plants in a staggered or zig-zag pattern for a more interesting and naturalistic look:
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DescriptionWhy plant a plain old hedge when you could plant a hedge full of delicious fruit? That's exactly what you can do with Yezberry Maxie Japanese haskap (Lonicera caerulea). Named in honor of breeder Dr. Maxine Thompson, this full-sized Japanese haskap is super hardy, super easy to grow, and super tasty. It does not need any special soil, fertilizer, spraying, or pruning to bear big crops of luscious berries each summer (mid-late June for us here in Michigan). Flowering begins in very early spring and berries develop over the course of the next months until they're ready to harvest.
How do the berries taste? A bit like a cross between a raspberry and a blueberry, though they aren't related to either of those notoriously-finicky-to-grow plants. They have the sweetness of a raspberry with a hint of pleasant tartness. We also love that the skin kind of dissolves when you eat them - it doesn't come off and stick to your teeth like a blueberry does. The seeds are tiny but don't get stuck in your teeth like raspberries. They are delicious and definitely worth growing!
Note: pollinator is required. Plant any of the other Yezberry varieties within 50' of this one for pollination. Both plants will get fruit.DetailsBotanical Name: Lonicera caerulea 'Kuchi' Patent: USPP28,662 Common Name: Japanese Haskap Zone: 3-7 Sun Exposure: Full sun (min. 6 hrs/day) Height x Width: 5-6' x 5-6' Flower Color: Yellow Foliage Color: Green Season of Interest: Summer Uses: Edible, deer resistant. How To GrowSoil: Moist but well-drained soils are best. Can tolerate some dryness once established. Light: Full sun (6+ hrs/day), part sun (4-6 hrs/day) Water: Average. For best fruit quality, plants should not experience water stress - either too much or too little - from bloom time through harvest. Spacing: Spacing 3-4', plant any two Yezberry® haskaps within 25' of one another for best fruit to set. Fertilizing: Little needed. If desired, fertilize in early spring, once the ground has thawed, with a granular rose fertilizer. Winterizing: A good 2-3" layer of mulch is recommended. Maintenance & Pruning: Plants should not be pruned until they have spent 3 years in ground and then immediately after harvest ONLY. HARVESTING -berries begin to ripen in early summer, around the same time as strawberries. They turn dark blue before they have reached peak sweetness, so taste a berry for flavor before proceeding with harvest. If not sweet enough, wait a few more days.