Lonicera caerulea

Honeyberry, also known as haskap, is a cold-loving native perennial crop that grows nutritious, oval-shaped fruits. The berries are used for fresh-eating, wine-making, ice cream, and adding vitamins to other products. Can be machine-harvestable.

DRAINAGE: Moderately to well-drained preferred but can tolerate poorly drained soils
LIGHT: Full sun
ZONES: 2–7
SPACING: 3-4 ft BETWEEN ROWS: 12–14 ft


Honeyberry is a low-maintenance crop that fits well in farm systems with other native perennial berry crops, such as black currant and aronia, which share similar harvesting and processing equipment. Honeyberry has an advantage of early season ripening before many other crops.


Consumer familiarity and market opportunities for honeyberry are underdeveloped, and few variety trials exist for crop improvement that would allow this crop to thrive in warmer climates.


Low pest pressure and few diseases. Light pruning required in late winter. Wind can damage plants during winter, so windbreak protection is recommended. There are few examples of livestock integration with honeyberry, as most animals enjoy eating the berries and ruminants will strip the leaves while plants are young.

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