The Difference Between Honeyberries and Haskaps


“I would like to know what the difference between the Blue Moon, Blue Velvet, Borealis, Tundra, and can they be grown together. What is the difference between Honeyberries and Haskaps. Can they be grown in SW Michigan. We have blueberries and I need to know if they will interfer with each other.

Kent”

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Hi Kent,

Thank you for the email regarding Honeyberries and Haskaps (Lonicera caerulea). First of all, Honeyberries and Haskaps are the same thing. Different regions give them the different names. This is why it is always best to know the scientific name for a species, as that stays the same no matter what region you are in.

haskap

honeyberry

As for the differences between the plants, ‘Tundra’ and  ‘Borealis’ start in mid- to late-April (pretty much as soon as the temperatures warm up).  They bloomed a little longer than other types of honeyberries and haskaps.  ‘Blue Moon’ and ‘Blue Velvet’ are later varieties and usually start to bloom about the time the others finish (late April to early May).  By having Tundra and Borealis together or Blue Moon and Blue Velvet together, you have lots of cross pollination within like varieties.  All are suited for your region of Michigan.  (Please note: bloom times will vary depending on the lateness or earliness of the spring.)

Cross pollination may occur between the varieties that bloom at the same time. It will not occur between those that bloom at different times.

As for crossing with blueberries, it would not cause problems as the pollen would be incompatible between the species and they bloom at different times.

I hope this information helps you out.  If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask.

 

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