Fruit and Nut
Honeyberries (Siberian honeysuckle - Lonicera caerulea var. kamtschatica)
The honeyberry or blue honeysuckle is native to Siberia and other parts of North and North East Asia. The juicy, tasty fruits are highly valued by the indigenous people of Kamchatka.
Related to the native Irish honeysuckle but is a small shrub, not a climber. Grows to approximately 1.5 metres. Produces elongated blue fruit with blueberry/damson flavour, only more acid. In spite of its name, it requres a warm, dry and sunny spot to do well (but tolerant of very low winter temperatures). Plant two or more varieties to ensure good pollination. All varieties fruit very early in the season, typically mid-June. The flowers are very attractive to bees.
The Siberian honeysickles are very winter cold-tolerant but require a sheltered sunny situation to perform well. Vulnerable to wind damage. Prefer well drained moist acid soils high in organic content. The flowers are extremely tolerant of frost.
Supply uncertain, hope to have plants spring 2017