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Unusual & Old Fashioned Fruit Trees

 


 

Honey Berry Lonicera Kamschatika -  Caerulea

The Honey berry is a native of Eastern Siberia, so it is extremely tough with regards to any sort of winter that we might have. Plants can be found in other parts of the world such as Korea and China, but it is only just being made available to gardeners in the UK through a small number of plant firms that offer the more unusual and uncommon plants.

The Honey Berry is actually a species of the flowering climber called Honey Suckle that so many people grow in their gardens up a trellis or a wall. Unlike the flowering variety it is not a climber, but will grow as a small bush and mature bushes will only reach some 6 feet in height. After flowering plants will produce berries in mid summer that look very similar to the now familiar Blueberry with one big difference;- They are the same colour and general size, but very much elongated. As with Blueberries the fruit is ideal for making pies, jams etc. Also like blueberries the fruits are high in vitamins and minerals and may gain popularity as yet another superfood.

Bushes are self fertile, but for best results several should be planted near each other.

WARNING. Many other types of Lonicera Berries of the Honeysuckle family are poisonous.

P.S. Not to be confused with Melicoccus Bijuga - Spanish Lime - Honeyberry which is most definitely a tropical plant that will only grow in the warmer parts of Florida and the Mediteranean, etc. The small fruits have a pulpy flesh that is not unlike that of grapes in flavour.