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Happy Giant Honeyberry

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The name alone is irresistible! Honeyberries have really caught on over the last few years — their generous antioxidants, big flavor, versatility and novelty have made them one of the fastest-growing “new” fruits in the U.S. With a sweeter flavor than other varieties, Happy Giant’s large, purply-blue elongated berries are easy to grow but don’t require acidic soil like blueberries do. Terrific for fresh eating, on cereal, in desserts and preserves, and an especially healthy snack when dried. Heat-tolerant if well watered, and cold-hardy, too. Grows to be 8’ or taller. Lives up to 50 years, and no pruning required! Ripens mid-June to mid-July. Best pollinators: Borealis, Blue Diamond, Blue Moose or Blue Palm. Zones 2-8 and Zone 9 in California.

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Bloom Time Early
Fruit Color Blue
Fruit Size Large
Ripens/Harvest June
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 5.5 - 7.0
Taste Sweet And Tart
Years to Bear 2 - 4
Zone Range 2 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 2 - 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 5 - 6' tall x 5 - 6' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these plants 4 - 5' 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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I have a berryblue and borealis in the front and wanted a couple medium sized shrubs to replace some trees knocked over in a storm.
Chris G on Oct 15, 2020
A pollinator for another honeyberry
Nassr S on Jul 1, 2020
I have a berryblue and borealis in the front and wanted a couple medium sized shrubs to replace some trees knocked over in a storm.
Chris G on Oct 15, 2020
Robert L on Oct 4, 2020
A pollinator for another honeyberry
Nassr S on Jul 1, 2020
Just wanted to try something different. We like this type of fruit.
Phillis F on Apr 12, 2020
kevin on Apr 8, 2020
Just wanted to try growing a new kind of fruit
Rose S on Apr 8, 2020
I had good luck with your honeyberry in the past. Now I have a new house to develop
Daniel D on Apr 7, 2020
variety I don't have
Sandra A on Mar 29, 2020
I want a variety of uncommon, interesting and healthy plants in my yard. These sound interesting and tasty!
Brian T on Mar 29, 2020
Eric P on Mar 24, 2020
Size of fruit
Duane W on Jul 24, 2019
Early start to berry season
Christopher B on May 25, 2019
Robert L on Oct 4, 2020
Just wanted to try something different. We like this type of fruit.
Phillis F on Apr 12, 2020
How big are the berries, and do they taste like blueberries?
Charli on May 15, 2019
BEST ANSWER: The berries I get are pretty small but I don't know if that's because my plants are still pretty young. They look huge in the picture but mine are never like that. I would guess like 1/2" - 3/4" would be a good average. They have a good firm texture like a blueberry and I think they taste similar but maybe a little more tart. They seem to really get a lot of berries.
will happy giant and blue moon cross pollinate?
jerry on May 11, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I'm sorry, no. Blue Moon is not a suitable pollinator.
What pollinator do you suggest for the happy giant honeyberry?
Walter K on May 26, 2019
BEST ANSWER: We recommend Borealis, Blue Diamond, Blue Moose or Blue Palm.

Customer Reviews

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Happy and growing
I bought this along with other varieties of Honeyberry plants. I'm am amazed at how well it's doing. I received the plant at maybe 6" tall and within the first year it grew to almost 2 feet! We have harsh WI winters and again amazed that it survived and still growing. We are in the beginning of May and I already see flowers blooming. All of my Honeyberry plants are doing wonderful. They are very hardy and require very little care. I absolutely love them. Thanks Starkbros!
May 4, 2020
1 year ago
I just received my order and overall plants look ok, however this honey berry is so puny. I ordered the gallon size but it’s smaller than everything else I ordered, including the smaller pint size fruit bushes (and waaay smaller than the other honey berry). I’m pretty sure it was a smaller size and dirt was added to fill up a bigger pot because it looks ridiculous in a gallon bucket. Hoping it doesn’t die like other reviewers.
May 18, 2020
Planted happy giant 4 feet from blue palm and blue moose honey berry plants. Wanted a third plant as a back up pollinator in case one died. Guess which one died? Same water schedule and sun profile. Summer in Texas must be too much for this variety. Ordering another variety because I really want to try one. Hope the rest do better and seem to be. Starks have been great but not sure of this variety.
August 21, 2019
1 year ago
Response from Stark Bro's
Thank you so much for taking the time to share this feedback. We are very sorry to learn that this honeyberry plant did not survive. Please give us a call or send us an email to see if this plant is eligible to be replaced. Your planting success is important to us!
August 25, 2019
Tabitha R
DIdn't survive.
I ordered different varieties of the honeyberry. The others look healthy and strong with blossoms. This one really looked like it arrived dead. I was hoping it was stunted or that it would bounce back, but it never did grow. It's a brown lifeless stick. Hoping to try a replacement.
April 22, 2020
Response from Stark Bro's
Thank you for your feedback. I'm very sorry to hear about your nursery stock.Please contact Customer Support at 800-325-4180 for replacement information.
April 23, 2020