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Lonicera caerulea

Unique edible honeysuckle

This hardy shrub is related to the honeysuckle, the Honeyberry produces delicious blueberry-like fruits which are ready to pick in early summer. Packed with vitamins and antioxidants, they can be eaten fresh or used in jams and jellies.


Best in a sunny spot.


Happy in a fertile, well-drained soil. To ensure a good crop of fruits plant two or three together to help with pollination. Keep well watered until established. Mulch in spring with garden compost or well rotted manure.

Recently introduced into the UK from their native Siberia.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Fruit shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Spring
Flowering March - May
Evergreen No
Plant height 90 cm - 120 cm
Plant width 90 cm - 120 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 70 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden, City garden, Courtyard garden

Additional Information for Fruit, Veg and Bulbs

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Sowing March - June
Fruiting May - July
Cropping June - July

Typically available

From April to September