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Growing Honeyberry Bushes: A Beginner’s Guide to Planting, Care, and Harvest

by Donna
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Honeyberry Bushes: A Beginner’s Guide


Honeyberries, also known as blue honeysuckle or edible honeysuckle, are delicious and easy-to-grow fruit bushes. They’re native to Siberia and Japan and have become popular in the UK in recent years.

Growing Honeyberry Bushes

  • Soil: Honeyberries prefer moist but well-drained soil.
  • Sunlight: They thrive in full sun but can tolerate light shade.
  • Size: Honeyberry bushes grow to be about 6 feet tall and 5 feet wide.
  • Planting: Plant honeyberry bushes in spring, spacing them about 5 feet apart.

Caring for Honeyberry Bushes

  • Watering: Water honeyberries regularly, especially during the first growing season.
  • Fertilizing: Feed honeyberries with a balanced fertilizer in the spring.
  • Mulching: Mulch around honeyberry bushes to retain moisture and suppress weeds.
  • Pollination: Honeyberries need to be pollinated by another bush of a different variety, so it’s best to plant them in pairs.

Pruning Honeyberry Bushes

  • Pruning: Prune honeyberry bushes lightly after fruiting every summer. Remove any dead or diseased branches, and cut back some of the older stems to encourage new growth.

Harvesting Honeyberries

  • Harvesting: Honeyberries ripen in early June. They’re ready to harvest when the berries turn a deep blue color.

Varieties of Honeyberry Bushes

  • Lonicera caerulea var. edulis: This variety produces tasty blue berries from May to June.
  • Lonicera caerulea var. kamtschatica: This variety is hardy down to -40 degrees Fahrenheit and produces fruit in June and July.
  • Lonicera caerulea var. kamtschatica ‘Blue Velvet’: This compact variety has blue berries that ripen in late spring and early summer.

Benefits of Honeyberry Bushes

  • Nutrition: Honeyberries are high in vitamin C and antioxidants.
  • Pollinator-friendly: Honeyberry bushes provide an early source of nectar for bees.
  • Easy to grow: Honeyberries are low-maintenance and can be grown in a variety of climates.


Honeyberry bushes are a great addition to any fruit garden or wildlife area. They’re easy to grow, produce delicious berries, and are beneficial to bees and other pollinators.

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