If you have not yet tasted a honeyberry, it is something you must try! Similar to a blueberry in color and flavor, the honeyberry has an oblong shape and a more complex flavor. Borealis™ is one of the tangiest honeyberries, with some tart flavor rounding out its natural sweetness.
Ripening about 2 weeks earlier than strawberries (late spring to early summer in most climates), this dense, lush shrub covers itself in fragrant white flowers, then sets large, dark blue berries. Best in part shade, it is packed with antioxidants and makes great juice as well as pie, preserves, and fresh snacks. You can't go wrong with honeyberries!
Beloved in Europe and Asia for centuries but almost unknown here, honeyberry is a relative of the Honeysuckle with sweet, succulent, and VERY edible fruit. Borealis™ is a compact variety, reaching just 36 to 40 inches high and wide. Plant it near another honeyberry such as Berry Blue™ for heavier crops from both of them!
This hardy deciduous species is untroubled by pests or disease. Honeyberry has no chill requirement, but is hardy to -40 degrees F. No fertilizer is required, but if you decide to use one, a balanced mixture such as 10-10-10 or 5-5-5 is ideal. Mulch as necessary to maintain moisture in the soil. Zones 2-7.