Blue Velvet™ Honeyberry

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Grow large crops of tasty, unique berries. These members of the honeysuckle family produce clusters of elongated berries with a high level of antioxidants and a sweet, blueberry-like flavor that is good for fresh eating or making preserves. Upright growth habit. Healthy plants can have a life span of up to 50 years! Cold-hardy. Ripens in late May, early June. Best pollinator: Blue Moon™.

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Bloom Color Cream, Yellow
Bloom Time Late
Fruit Color Blue
Fruit Size Large - Extra Large
Ripens/Harvest Late May, Early June
Shade/Sun Partial Shade - Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 5.5 - 7.5
Taste Sweet, Tart
Texture Juicy
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.


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.

Questions & Answers

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early fruiting, blueberry flavor
WENDY H on Feb 2, 2017
early fruiting, blueberry flavor
WENDY H on Feb 2, 2017
Can this be trimmed as a bush or is more of a tree? Also what does it look like in the fall? Have any ornamental stance?
Alisa J on Jul 26, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The Blue Velvet Honeyberry variety is very stocky and woody. It should be kept as a bush and not trimmed as a tree. In the fall the leaves turn a yellowish color and they are not very impressive/ornamental. However, fall color is dependent on a lot of factors (soil type, geographical location, micro-climates, etc.). I live in zone 7a and my soil is very alkaline and dry so my fall color is going to be less exciting than if I lived in a cooler, wetter, more acidic environment.
My space is limited so any reason I shouldn't plant two in collection in same hole?
Edward on May 1, 2017
I don't know ho limited a space you have, but just like a blueberry bush. You can grow them in containers and make sure the get plenty of sun, at least 6 hours. I've found them to still grow in semi-shady areas. But the more sun the more production and sweeter berry's you'll get. I love these berries they're sweeter than blueberries and like neutral soil you don't have to create an acid soil mix.......hope this helps.......keep on growing food .
What is the Latin name. E.g. Lonicera caerulea x ...?
Kirsten M on May 22, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Lonicera caerulea 'Kiev #8' BLUE VELVET.

Customer Reviews

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Barely alive
This plant is in it's third year and still only 3 inches tall. Have kept it watered and mulched to get it this far. Hopefully next year it will at least grow a little.
August 15, 2016
over 6 years ago
Both plants survived our winter, one of them bloomed but the other did not so there was no pollination and thus no fruit; perhaps next year. Plants are very slow growing. I can hardly wait to taste the fruit to compare it with our blueberries.
May 18, 2016
over 6 years ago
Blue Velvet Honeyberry
Have lost two Blue Velvet bushes, replaced one which died so still have on dead bush in place...they have not been as hardy arriving so can only guess they are not as hardy generally.
May 21, 2016
over 6 years ago
Blue Velvet Honeyberry
Arrived very small (some tiny twigs with a couple leaves each) and did not survive more than a couple months after being planted in my yard. :( If I had money to buy another, I think I'd grow it a bit larger in container first and make sure it had a larger area around it mulched w/o competition to hopefully give it a head start.

Possibly my fault it died not giving it enough competition free space in the garden.
May 19, 2016
over 6 years ago
This Blue Velvet Honeyberry I have has grown up to be a fantastic plant!
Consistent loads of fruit! In another year I will be able to make a nice profit off of this bush! I highly recommend Stark Bros and their berry bushes.
September 3, 2016
over 6 years ago
Hardy and vigorous
These are hardy and have a very vigorous growth. Plant by themselves as they spread and may take over the area. We made sure we could mow around them. They grow long canes. The fruits are weird tasting, did not improve much with drying.
June 20, 2017
over 6 years ago
Blue Velvet Honeyberry
Having trouble getting them to grow in the climinate and humidity down here.
May 19, 2016
over 5 years ago
Bluevelvet Honeyberry
I received my order quickly in late fall of 2015. The plants were packaged so they were protected against shipping handling and the cold weather in case we were not home.
they wintered over in my greenhouse for immediate planting after the first frost.
I will definitely be ordering more from Stark Brothers.

thank you. :-)
May 23, 2016
over 5 years ago
This plant is thriving along with my other two honey berry bushes. If I can only keep the birds off of them, I might be able to enjoy the fruits of my labor.
May 11, 2016
over 6 years ago
Minnesota - Southeast
Really slow growth the first year - almost nothing, but then the following spring they really took off and are growing well. I think they will do fine anywhere in Minnesota.
July 2, 2018
over 4 years ago