Haskap BerryLonicera caerulea 'Indigo Gem'
Haskap berries, aka Blue Honeysuckle or Honeyberry shrubs is the newest, hottest gotta-have-it-berry for your garden. It has a bush-like growing habit that can reach 4-8ft and produces berries that look like a cross between a blueberry and a grape up 3/4 inch in length.
Haskap berries have a taste that is mostly commonly described as a cross between a raspberry and a blueberry with a kiwi-like texture. Haskaps can be used in the same ways you would use a blueberry - fresh eating, freezing, in baking, jams, jellies and more.
It is one of the first berry plants to produce in mid-to-late June and has a higher level of antioxidants than do blueberries. Berries are produced on one year old wood and by year 5, you can harvest as much as 7-10 lbs off one plant. Pollination is required. Plant at least two plants in an area to ensure good fruit production.
The plant is extremely hardy, fast growing and can even be used to form a small hedge or screen. It will grow in sun or part shade in a variety of soils. A sheltered spot is best.
A very small number of haskap plants are available this year at Arts Nursery. Please call 604.882.1201 in advance to confirm availability.
More information about the Haskap Berry can be found at the Haskap Growers Association of Nova Scotia