General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Wet
Wet Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Very strongly acid (4.5 – 5.0)
Strongly acid (5.1 – 5.5)
Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Plant Height: 4 to 6 feet
Plant Spread: 4 to 6 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Fruit: Showy
Fruiting Time: Late spring or early summer
Flowers: Showy
Flower Time: Spring
Suitable Locations: Bog gardening
Edible Parts: Fruit
Eating Methods: Raw
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Pollinators: Various insects
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

Common names
  • Honeyberry
  • Blue-berried Honeysuckle
  • Sweetberry Honeysuckle

Photo Gallery
Location: Reading, Pennsylvania
Date: 2024-05-02
a 'Blue Velvet' Honeyberry in a pot at Riverview Nursery
Location: Reading, Pennsylvania
Date: 2024-05-02
close-up of white flowers
Location: Reading, Pennsylvania
Date: 2024-05-02
white flowers of L. caerulea "Blue Velvet' being sold at Rivervie

Date: c. 1800-5
illustration by P. J. Redouté from Duhamel's 'Traité des arbres
Location: Landenberg, PA
Date: 2019-06-11
mature fruit in hand

Photo: Opioła Jerzy (Poland)
Location: Botanischer Garten Berlin
Location: Botanischer Garten Berlin

Photo: Bob Bors
Location: Landenberg, PA
Date: 2019-06-11
young shrub
Location: Copenhagen Botanical Garden, Copenhagen, Denmark.
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  • Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on May 23, 2024 4:09 PM concerning plant:
    This shrub species is native circumpolar to northern Eurasia and North America, mostly growing wild in moist, peaty boreal forests or on high calcium soils of mountains. It needs moist soils of a wide variety with a pH of 4.5 to 8.0. It does best in cold climates, requiring a good cold period for dormancy. It is best not to grow below USDA Zone 6. Its white flowers are slightly fragrant. The dark blue fruit must be fully dark blue all over to be sweet to eat, and it is not self-fertile and must have two different plants or varieties or cultivars to really bear fruit. If a summer is really hot, it can lose its foliage after bearing fruit, but will still be alive. There is a good number of varieties from different parts of its range. The L. caerulea edulis is the most used one from northeast Asia for growing tasty, sweet fruit. There is a large, growing list of edible cultivars.
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