Honeyberry (also called Haskap or Edible Honeysuckle) is a medium-sized fruiting shrub is somewhat similar in bush and berry to our native highbush blueberry. Native to Siberia and the Kuril Islands. Small dark blue oval fruit, very high in antioxidants, ripens in June around or just before strawberries.
Introduced from the Czech Republic, Czech 17 has a different parentage from Aurora and the Indigo series. Tart, but not too tart, the berries are plentiful, though smaller and less tasty than the varieties it pollinates. Good fresh or processed.
Needs another honeyberry as a pollinator. More ornamental than other varieties, with lush green foliage and attractive upright pinkish-purple stems. Each leaf node is highlighted by vibrant coral-colored buds and stipules.
Productive plants bear at a young age with proper pollination. Adaptable to most soils with a wide pH range (5.0-8.5). Fruits best in full sun. Extremely hardy. Low maintenance and disease free, though leaves may show sign of sunburn as season progresses. Plant 2 or 3 varieties for best pollination. Z2. Maine Grown. (well-rooted transplants)
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