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Shade Loving Shrub Produces Sweet Fruit

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What a dreamy shrub Honeyberry is for those of you with a shady spot in the landscape that you have no idea what to with! Delightful Honeyberry doesn’t mind shade at all, and as a bonus it even produces stretched out blueberry-like fruit that might look strange, but it sure is sweet! 

In fact, you’ll be picking Honeyberry fruit at least a good month before even the earliest strawberries or blueberries have fruit. Native to Japan, Russia and Siberia, this unusual fruiting shrub produces a harvest that is a gorgeous deep indigo blue and yummy sweet to eat picked off straight from the plant. 

You can enjoy cooking with them exactly in the same way you do with traditional blueberries, including making pies, jams and jellies. Since it is common to cold northern regions, Honeyberry is super hardy—even to temps well below -40 degrees. They will even bloom in winter if the temperatures are mild enough to bring it out of dormancy. 

The further north you plant Honeyberry, the more at home it feels and will yield an greater bounty of fruit. Even for a complete gardening novice, it can’t be easier to grow Honeyberry. Virtually no pests or diseases affect this shrub at all. It is not picky about the soil it stands in as long as it is well drained. 

It enjoys a good watering, and you should mulch the root base to keep it moist (but not persistently wet!). Many believe that the berries is super high in anti-oxidants, and this totally unique shrub has been valued for its fruit since ancient times. In order for Honeyberry to bear fruit, you need two varieties for cross pollination. 

If you order 2, we will send your order with two different varieties to ensure your success. Honeyberry prefers and thrives in partial shade, particularly if you live in southern regions where summers are hot. In colder, northern zones the shrub can safely receive a bit more sun. You won’t believe the birds that will come to visit your garden in search of the berries. 

Honeyberry is simply a wonderful addition to an edible landscape that both people and wildlife will enjoy! Honeyberry is rare and sells out quickly thanks to high demand and low available inventory. Be sure to grab your Honeyberry and plant now for fruit in the next year.

Growing Zones: 6-9

Mature Height: 5-6 ft.
Mature Width: 3-4 ft.
Sunlight: Full - Partial
Soil Conditions: Adaptable
Drought Tolerance: Moderate
Botanical Name: Lonicera caerulea
Does not ship to: AZ, CA, OR, WA
Growing Zones 6-9
This plant is generally recommended for zones: 6-9
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It's Easy to Plant your Honeyberry

Step 1 - Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your Honeyberry.

First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.

Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.

Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.

Step 2 - Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your Honeyberry gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.

The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.

Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.

To make it just right, use a level.

Step 3 - Backfill Your Hole

As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.

Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.

Water your Honeyberry again after the transplant is complete.

To help retain some of that moisture, it's recommended that you place mulch around each plant to a depth of 2"-3" up to but not touching the trunk. Organic mulches such as wood chips also help to better soil structure as they decompose.

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Yes... Your Honeyberry can be planted any time of year... even Winter. Roots will continue to grow on warm days, giving your tree a head-start for Spring. 

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Will my Trees and Shrubs Look Like the Photographs?

Most trees and plants on the website are pictured in their mature form. Depending on the product and growth rate, mature development can take years for your plant to resemble the photos.

Picture the last time you took a walk in the woods. The young trees were not miniature bonsai versions of mature trees. Instead they were naturally thin and lanky. Young trees are programmed to race toward the light, before the competing vegetation crowds them out. Once established at 10 feet or more, they start developing a wide canopy and shedding lower limbs.

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Late spring to early fall
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Bare Root trees are shipped without dirt or any green foliage showing. Some customers who have never planted bare root before, think that they received a "dead stick" with roots. These dormant trees are basically sleeping over the winter as most trees do. Because of their hibernation-like stage, this is a great way to transplant these trees. Since a bare root tree lacks foliage, they need very little moisture.

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Pruning makes plants appear to be less-full than the ones you may have seen at your local big box garden center. A retailer's goal is to have plants look their best while sitting in the store. Our goal is to have them look the best after you plant them.

Pruned trees and shrubs not only travel better, but become established much quicker. So rather than supporting extra foliage, they put their energy into sending out deep roots. Once that happens, your plants become hardier and quickly explode with new top growth. Above the ground, pruning helps your plants develop a more attractive form.