Borealis Honeyberry

Item #131468, 4" Pot.
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Abundant harvests of large berries. Fragrant white flowers quickly give way to sweet and tart, plump berries with a taste similar to blueberries. Harvest about two weeks before strawberries. Eat them fresh, freeze them, or make a batch of luxurious preserves or fruit liqueur. Plants are densely foliated and have a nice upright growth habit. Cold-hardy. Can take temperatures of up to -50ºF and are a favorite in regions where the cold prohibits many fruiting plants. Early-bearing. Ripens in late May. Best pollinator: Polar Jewel.

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Bloom Color Cream, Yellow
Bloom Time Mid
Fruit Color Blue
Fruit Size Large
Ripens/Harvest Late May
Shade/Sun Partial Shade - Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Average Moistness
Soil pH Level 5.5 - 7.5
Taste Sweet And Juicy
Texture Soft, Fleshy
Years to Bear 3
Zone Range 2 - 7

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 2 - 7
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 4 - 6' tall x 4 - 6' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these plants 4 - 6' 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.

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
This is the first time we have chosen to plant the honeyberry. We chose two varieties for pollination. We are looking forward to enjoying this blueberry like fruit.
Donna J P on Mar 26, 2021
Lisa Miriam B. on Jun 13, 2020
This is the first time we have chosen to plant the honeyberry. We chose two varieties for pollination. We are looking forward to enjoying this blueberry like fruit.
Donna J P on Mar 26, 2021
It seems pretty unique to me! We've never had Honeyberry before so we're excited to try it!!!
James H on Mar 25, 2021
Lisa Miriam B. on Jun 13, 2020
Same as above.
Juan M on Jun 4, 2020
spacing options made this perfect
Joannal L on May 25, 2020
Needed to pollinate my Cinderella Honeyberry.
Both Borealis and Cinderella are cold hardy. Plus the fruit of both varieties ripen in May-June.
Joyce M on May 23, 2020
The Blue Belle was out of stock and I needed a pollinator for the Berry Blue.
Kirk R on May 19, 2020
I have Tundra and Cinderella Honeyberry bushes. I wanted a 3rd, different cultivar. Cinderella said the best pollinator is Borealis.
Michael E on May 11, 2020
We have a few Borealis and want to add more.
Terry E on Apr 25, 2020
Needed a pollinator for Polar Jewel
Susan K on Jan 3, 2020
Cold hardiness and desirable fruit, as a pollinator for Polar Jewel.
Suzette R on Dec 6, 2019
I choose the Borealis Honeyberry because it could handle my part shade/full sun conditions, was compatible with the Polar Jewel Honeyberry & could double up as an edible living fence.
L F on Aug 7, 2019
Because this Honey berry plant should be an awesome partner for the Polar Jewel Honey berry plant. They should live happy together.
spencer k on Mar 1, 2019
DONALD T on Jan 27, 2019
I chose this one at the recommendation of Stark Bros as a good pollinator for the other one that I purchased. Very helpful!
Sarah T on Dec 27, 2018
It was a match. I got one called Aurora from else where and it was familiar. I???m new to honeyberries and am most intrigued.
Erin S on May 5, 2018
It seems pretty unique to me! We've never had Honeyberry before so we're excited to try it!!!
James H on Mar 25, 2021
Same as above.
Juan M on Jun 4, 2020
I really want to succeed on the Honey Berry bushes, we have ph of 8 and above, is there something we can to to help??
Betsy R on Mar 17, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I found that Sulphur to be used the yea before when preparing soil for planting blueberries and honeyberries. My soil is at 7 and use Epson salts (1 tablespoon per one gallon of water) to treat my soil to drop it to 54.5-5 for blueberries and 6-7 for honeberries. Treat once, or more per week
Are they bush or vining plants?
Steven W on Feb 26, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Bush. About 3-4 feet by 3-4 feet.
If i planted this with blueberry bushes , would that work as a pollinater?
Terushia J on Apr 20, 2018
BEST ANSWER: No.although they look somewhat like a blueberry they are not related to them and will not cross pollinate. Your best bet is to use the cross pollinater suggested by Stark Bro???s.
what about two same varieties, will pollinate? bt, not as good?
Frank M on Apr 7, 2021
BEST ANSWER: Cross-pollination by a different variety is key to its growing and bearing success. Plant another variety within 50' for best pollination.
Can I plant Honey Berries next to raspberries?
roxysocksy on Feb 4, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Absolutely. You may thinking of black raspberries, which should not be planted near red, yellow or purple raspberries.
How close do they need to be to pollunate?
Roxanne i on Jan 22, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hi, Roxanne. Within 50' or closer would be the ideal distance. Any further than that and pollination will not be as successful.
Will honeyberry produce in humid climate?
Tamara R on May 2, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Honeyberries will thrive anywhere honeysuckle does, which is just about everywhere.
I planted a Borealis 2-3 years ago without realizing I needed another to cross pollinate it. If I plant a polar jewel honeyberry bush now, will I get bearing fruit next spring? Is it ok to plant a polar jewel honeyberry bush now - mid/late-May in Minnesota?
Gina B on May 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: You can plant now where you are located, but keep in mind you won't get fruit from either plant until both honeyberry bushes are mature enough to bloom. This could take another 1-2 years for your new honeyberry plant.
Hello! I have an indigo gem (early-bearing) honeyberry and need to find a suitable pollinator???will the borealis work? Thanks!
Susie D on May 8, 2020

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The plant is tiny very tiny it will take years before it will produce.
June 7, 2017
over 5 years ago
Borealis 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.
June 27, 2017
over 4 years ago
I am between a 2 and 3 for my Honeyberry plants
I am in zone 6. My Honeyberry plants produce berries, but not many. They are not as long as shown in the pictures either.
May 8, 2017
over 5 years ago
Things are looking better this year
My honeyberries have been slow to get established but this year they seem to like where they are growing and I have put protection around them so no one can eat them anymore. I still have not seen any of those delicious looking berries, maybe next year.
May 9, 2016
over 6 years ago
plant is growing well and the rabbits is not bothering it
June 25, 2017
over 4 years ago
Can't wait
I purchased this with a few other honeyberry varieties and I must say I was a little worried at first. I planted this tiny plant late spring and it appeared to struggle. After feeding it some fertilizer and watering it well, after almost 2 months it has doubled in size. The plant continues to grow and it looks great. I'm hoping to have some berries in a few year. I have had great luck with every plant I have ordered from Stark Bros. I will continue to buy my plants from them. Thanks!
July 20, 2019
Finally fruit
I believe this is the 4th year and they finally fruited. They definitely have a flavor of there own. I have some Brianna grape vines that will make a good mix with these honey berries. Brianna’s have a bit of a pineapple taste which I think the sweet/tart flavor of the honey berry will perfect.
June 1, 2019
Guess work.
When I got this last year I dug a hole 12" wide and 12+" deep,and filled it with potting soil. Before the weather got very cold this last fall, it turned into a stick. Now it's beginning to look like it might be starting over. There wasn't anything wrong with the plant when I got it. It looked in very good shape.
May 6, 2019
over 2 years ago