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Honeyberry 'Honey Bee' Lonicera caerulea

Honeyberry 'Honey Bee' Lonicera caerulea

Stuart McIntyre

Regular price £12.00 Sale

Bred in Canada from a Russian honeyberry as a pollinator for self-sterile varieties, Honey Bee is a medium-sized, bushy, deciduous shrub with small green leaves. It is fast-growing, and gives very high yields.

The small white flowers appear in very early spring, and are followed in late June and early July by cylindrical blue berries which hold well on the bush. When fully ripe, the berries have a white bloom and the flesh is deep-red, sweet with a pleasant, slight astringency.

The berries are extremely rich in Vitamins C, A and anti-oxidants, they also freeze well. Very cold-tolerant, very easy to grow and disease-resistant. A good nectar source for pollinators early in the year. Needs a pollination partner of another Honeyberry variety.

Characteristics

Species - caerulea
Variety - Honey Bee 
Cropping Season - June and July 
Planting Distance - 1.5m (5ft)

Height - 1.8
Spread - 1.5m

Planting

Grow against a fence or wall for support in well-drained but moist, fertile soil in full sun or partial shade.

When planting ensure the root ball is moist before planting. Plant in a hole twice the diameter of the root ball or pot. Mix soil improver and general fertiliser with the infill soil. Water regularly until established. Fruit is produced on the previous year's stems. Tie in the new shoot - these will flower and fruit in the second year. Cut away the older stems and replace them with new vigorous shoots. Cut back damaged shoots in late winter and apply a general fertiliser.

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