ABOUT HONEYBERRY

CAPRIFOLIACEAE

A honeyberry is basically an edible honeysuckle. There are >200 species of Lonicera, most of which are native to the Northern Hemisphere and are either shrubs or vines. Many of these species are well-known and are popular as ornamental plants for their fragrant blossoms. Some Lonicera species, however, were valued in the past for their edible berries and for their medicinal properties, and their fruits were often harvested from the wild.

DESCRIPTION

The honeyberry tends to form sturdy, densely-leaved shrubs and tend not to be vines.

LEAVES: Bright green-dark green, oval-oblong, usually with pointed tips, simple, opposite.

FLOWER: Long, thing and tubular, with diverging lips. The flowers are often wonderfully and sweetly fragrant. They are born in early spring from last season's wood. Are usually deciduous, so you need more than one plant to fruit set.

Fruit: May be fused, like the flowers, and appear to be one fruit, but are divided into two segments. They are often translucent, waxy, and can be violet, turquoise or a rich red color. They are aromatic, sweet-sour, tasty. They store fairly well. Have several, small oval, brown, edible seeds.

CULTIVATION

LOCATION: Grows best in full sun, climbing species often grow better in semi-shade.

TEMPERATURE: Most of the species are frost hardy.

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