Polar Jewel Honeyberry
Lonicera caerulea 'Polar Jewel'
Polar Jewel Honeyberry fruit
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Height: 5 feet
Spread: 5 feet
Hardiness Zone: 2a
Other Names: Sweetberry Honeysuckle, Haskap Berry
A dense, compact. and hardy shrub with clean foliage, producing large, sweet, bluish-purple berries in early summer; must have another honeyberry variety for cross pollination; selected for better fruit production and higher yields
Polar Jewel Honeyberry is a medium-sized shrub that is commonly grown for its edible qualities, although it does have ornamental merits as well. It produces navy blue oblong berries with powder blue overtones which are usually ready for picking in early summer. The berries have a sweet taste and a fleshy texture.
The berries are most often used in the following ways:
Features & Attributes
Polar Jewel Honeyberry features subtle white flowers along the branches in early spring. It has green foliage throughout the season. The narrow leaves turn yellow in fall. It features an abundance of magnificent navy blue berries with powder blue overtones from late spring to early summer.
This is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition. This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Aside from its primary use as an edible, Polar Jewel Honeyberry is sutiable for the following landscape applications;
Planting & Growing
Polar Jewel Honeyberry will grow to be about 5 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years. While it is considered to be somewhat self-pollinating, it tends to set heavier quantities of fruit with a different variety of the same species growing nearby.
This shrub is quite ornamental as well as edible, and is as much at home in a landscape or flower garden as it is in a designated edibles garden. It does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.