Sweet, tangy and unique! Native to parts of Siberia, these plants excel in northern gardens. Fruit flavor is comparable to wild blueberries with a hint of currant and ripens two weeks earlier than strawberries. Can be eaten fresh, but these berries truly shine when made into tasty jam. Plants have small, cream-colored flowers in spring and attractive flat-green leaves through summer. Ripens late May, early June. Cold-hardy. Best pollinator: Blue Belle™.

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Bloom Color Cream, Yellow
Bloom Time Early
Fruit Color Blue
Fruit Size Large
Ripens/Harvest Late May, Early June
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 5.5 - 7.5
Taste Sweet And Juicy
Texture Juicy, Firm
Years to Bear 1 - 2
Zone Range 3 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 3 - 8
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your plant matures, it will be approximately 3 - 8' tall x 3 - 5' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these plants 3 - 8' apart to ensure room for growth.


This variety requires another one for adequate pollination.

Cross-pollination by a different variety is key to its growing and bearing success. Plant one of these varieties within 50' for best pollination.

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow honeyberry plants in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

Shipping Information

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Michael S on May 10, 2021
Pollinator for Borealis Honey Berry
Gemma B on May 5, 2021
Michael S on May 10, 2021
I???m going to use this in the cooler spots in my backyard since it tolerates cold so well
Benjamin P on May 8, 2021
Pollinator for Borealis Honey Berry
Gemma B on May 5, 2021
MARIAN W on Apr 27, 2021
I need a pollinator for 2 Borealis bushes
Cynthia B on Apr 24, 2021
berry blue was a recommended pollinator to my current honeyberries.
Susan H on Apr 22, 2021
Wanted to try a Honeyberry. Needed a pollinator.
Jacquelyn R on Apr 3, 2021
something new and edible
Harold D on Mar 31, 2021
First time planting a honeyberry. I have been interested in giving them a try. I am hoping we will enjoy having honeyberries on the farm.
Donna J P on Mar 26, 2021
I chose this because of it's ability to thrive in Northern Gardens, we might not live in Siberia but some winters sure feels like it. Also, this was prompted on a survivor YouTube channel as a quick growing, nutrient dense food, great to have in your food forest.
Kirsten H on Mar 17, 2021
To pollinate my borealis ones. The other pollinator died.
R L on Mar 2, 2021
This was recommended to cross pollinate the Borealis Honeyberry in the same garden.
Jennifer M on Sep 10, 2020
I need a plant to help the one I have get berries.
Lisa Miriam B. on Jun 13, 2020
looking to try something new that produces in a couple years and this fits my size..
Joannal L on May 25, 2020
variety I don't have
Sandra A on Mar 29, 2020
Eric P on Mar 24, 2020
building my Honeyberry collection.
Darrell C on Oct 20, 2019
Seems well suited for my temperature zone and have always wanted to try Honey berries. Could act as a pollinator for Blue Moon Honeyberry and is about the same size.
Blye W on Jul 24, 2019
Intrigued by honey berry, and want to try something that's supposed to grow really well in my zone.
Ruth N on Feb 20, 2019
trying to get these honeyberrys growing in a hedge
JOEL L on Sep 23, 2018
I just read a paper about it and how it???s ??? the best??? tasting one, Mother???s Day gift.
Erin S on May 5, 2018
I ordered this because of the mid-later bloom cycle and Zone that live in. There has been good information from growers that shows the size and sweetness is very good. Some other customers say they find this Berry Blue as one of the sweetest. Pollination has some to do with this choice also.
Harold F on Jul 31, 2017
To add to the line of Honey berries I already have
Victoria H on Mar 9, 2017
Already grow several types of blueberries at our southern Adirondack Mtn home, wanted to add some more variety, might help in case of disease or pest issues too.
Scott F on Apr 25, 2016
I???m going to use this in the cooler spots in my backyard since it tolerates cold so well
Benjamin P on May 8, 2021
MARIAN W on Apr 27, 2021
Can berry blue and happy giant cross pollinate?
John R on Mar 23, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Yes they can. As long as the plant is not closely related and they bloom in the same time, they will cross just fine. These two specifically are not even close to related and bloom at virtually the same time so they will work fine. That said, (despite what the description says) these are two of the most tart options. The Blue Moose would be the better option with Happy Giant, just because it has a better flavor and bigger berries.
Does the honeyberry need a trellis for support?
Sherry B on Nov 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No need for a trellis or other support, it will grow well on its own and eventually form a bush. When the plants arrive, they are in very good shape, with plenty of leaves, but directly from the greenhouse. Make sure you keep them out of direct sunlight for a few weeks, then give them more and more light over the next couple of weeks. Otherwise, they will likely get sunburned (if they do, they will lose their leaves - though they will be fine the second year).
Do deer like to eat them?
Tracy M on Mar 1, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I can't answer definitively, but I have a deer problem and have never had deer bothr honeyberry.
Are the plants in the gallon container larger/more mature than the ones in the 4??? pots?
Andrea G on Oct 12, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Hi Andrea, Our plants that we ship in a gallon container are strong and healthy, well rooted established plants that ship between 4-18 inches tall. We hope that this information is helpful as your planting success is important to us.
Can hardy berry bushes be planted in September? I'm looking for best options for fall planting.
Karen B on Jul 20, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Because weather and soil conditions vary so much from year to year and even within your zone, it's best to think of your planting time as a range of favorable conditions instead of an exact time.

You can plant new plants and trees:
1) when the ground is not frozen.
2) when daytime temperatures are above freezing (32??F) and below 90??F.
3) when extreme weather (blizzard, hail, torrential rain, etc.) is not in the forecast. Be sure to keep plants watered if you're transplanting in warm and/or dry weather.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
How old is the plant when purchased?
Kathy G on Feb 23, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Our potted plants are approx. 1 year old when shipped.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
What is the botanical name for Honeyberry?
Louisa K on Jun 17, 2019
BEST ANSWER: The species is Lonicera caerulea.
what variety are you selling as " Mr Berry Blue" for pollination with "Mrs Berry Blue".? Assuming the "Mrs" is the actual berry blue variety. Need to know whether it is good as pollinator for the other varieties I have namely Tundra and Aurora.
mar g on May 7, 2019
BEST ANSWER: There are several pollinators for Berry Blue, but we recommend Blue Belle, which is a very early honeyberry that will also pollinate Aurora and Tundra.
Do bees like honeyberry blossoms?
QueenBee on Feb 24, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Honeyberries are members of the honeysuckle family, and have sweet, fragrant blooms. Bees love them.
Would Berry Blue successfully pollinate with Blue Velvet and Blue Moon?
Cynthia on May 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Berry Blue blooms earlier than the late-blooming Blue Velvet and Blue Moon. They may have some flowers that overlap in bloom times, but Borealis and/or Blue Belle would be better choices to pollinate Berry Blue.

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Berry Blue Honeyberry
I planted the two plants I purchased in last mid-summer. I used compost, Miracle Grow planting mix and native sandy soil. The wintered well (at 7000 ft, snow and temperatures in the teens). They are growing well this year. Must protect them from voles and ground squirrels. I'm looking forward to honeyberries, next spring.
Both Berry Blue and Borielsis growing well.
June 27, 2017
over 4 years ago
Slow Growing
I have had Berry Blue and Blue Belle in the ground now for 2 full years. They are some of the most frustratingly slow growing plants ever. Maybe it's where I live. I live in Connecticut - zone 6B. Only got 1 tiny berry in the second year so far, and the plants are still pretty small. My yard LOVED red currants, and liked gooseberries too. Those are bigger bare roots. Honeyberries are shipped as a twig, and are slow growing on top of it.
December 1, 2018
over 4 years ago
Producing 2nd yr after planting
I am delight with my (Berry Blue Honeyberry) plants. They're producing the 2nd yr after planting! The berries are small, very tart, so clearly need to stay on the plant and sweeten up a bit, but I'm sure they'll taste delightful when they do. I recommend that you buy this berry plant.
June 6, 2016
over 5 years ago
Won't grow well in the south
I have not had any luck getting this plant to grow very well here in the state of Georgia. The few berries that I tasted last year were very bitter and tart.
May 2, 2018
over 4 years ago
Apparently patience is needed
The two plants in the collection had grown to only 4" high and wide in our original garden after more than a year, so we brought them with us when we moved to our new home in the winter of 2015. Since then they have grown maybe two inches, but I have high hopes for this season as they are leafing out better than in the past and seem to enjoy the looser soil here. This area has loads of native blueberries so the conditions should be right for the honeyberries too.
May 6, 2017
over 5 years ago
What a great surprise to have the honey berry plants bloom this spring. The plants were added to the orchard last fall, and there they are, blooms and all. What fun!
May 12, 2017
over 5 years ago
Slow but steady
I was dubious about this one - it was so small the second spring compared to the pollinator plant, I planted a third just in case. But here we are three years in, and all three are flowering! They are smallish but lovely, and i think we might actually get some berries this year. In the meantime, the bees are ecstatic.
May 23, 2019
over 3 years ago
Honey berry
I have never been able to get them to grow. Tried 3 times.
November 5, 2016
over 6 years ago
Berry Blue Honeyberry at The Farm at Fischer Creek
Greetings from Farm at Fischer Creek
All the bushes have survived the Wisconsin winter and are alive and growing well.
They look to be a very nice addition to our farm.
Thank you for seeking my opinion.
Kind regards
Theresa Wiles Farm at Fischer Creek
May 8, 2018
over 4 years ago