Berries that laugh at the cold!
Have you ever tried a honeyberry? If not, we’d like to describe the taste to you:
Blackberry-wild blueberry-currant-cherry-kiwi-grape with a touch of honeysuckle.
Or, we can describe it as just plain delicious!
Tundra Honeyberry (Lonicera caerulea 'Tundra') is great fruit, especially for northern gardens. They look like elongated blueberries and are so thin-skinned they actually melt in your mouth. (Actually Tundra berries are thicker-skinned than other honeyberries, so they take firm handling better.) But don’t let their thin skin fool you. These are some tough berries. Like their name suggests, these guys can handle the cold…and by cold, we mean COLD. They are hardy to -55 degrees (that’s NEGATIVE 55 DEGREES in case you missed it) and the flowers are hardy to 20 degrees! If you live somewhere where it gets colder than that, well, that’s a conversation we need to have separately.
Tundra Honeyberries are long-lived (50 years+) and plants older than 5 years can produce between 2 and 10 pounds of berries a season! They love the sun in the north and a little shade in the south and just about any soil will do, even clay soils.
Tundra is a first-rate fresh eating berry, but you’ll be the star of the Farmer’s Market if you jar up a batch of jam! Try them in pies and muffins, too – anywhere that you’d use a blueberry.
We bet you’ll be the first in your neighborhood to have some of these, so order now before your neighbors become the Farmer’s Market stars. (They need a pollinator, so order one of Tundra’s sister plants, too, like Berry Blue Honeyberry.)
* Delicious edible fruit
* Fast Growing
* Super Cold Hardy
* Spring flowers
|Brand||Nature Hills Nursery|
|Botanical Name||Lonicera caerulea var. kamchatica 'Tundra'|
|Mature Height||3 - 4 feet|
|Mature Spread||3 - 4 feet|
|Soil Type||Well drained|
|Moisture||Additional moisture as needed|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun|
|Flower Color||Creamy white|
|Fruiting Time||Late May into June|