Lonicera Yezberry Honey Bunch® Description
Grow your own delicious fruit without having to dig up a big ol' berry patch! Yezberry Honey Bunch Japanese haskap (Lonicera caerulea) is a neat and tidy bush that you could easily fit into your landscaping. It naturally grows to 3-5' tall and wide. One of the very first plants to bloom in spring, its tubular yellow flowers provide valuable pollen and nectar to insects on those first warm days of the season. Soon, oval-shaped, blue-green leaves cover the plant, and the berries, still green, begin to swell. By early summer (mid-late June here in Michigan), they turn a beautiful blue color and it's nearly harvest time!
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.
Special features: edible, Proven Winners, deer resistant, space-saving
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- Botanical name: Lonicera caerulea 'Kaido'
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- Sun exposure:
Full sun (min. 6 hrs/day), part sun (4-6 hrs/day)
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Any well-drained soil.
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- Height x width:
3-5' x 3-5'
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Edible, deer resistant.
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Soil: 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.
Space: 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: 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.
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