Lonicera caerulea var. kamtschatica | Also known as: Blueberry honeysuckle, Blue honeysuckle, Edible honeysuckly, Edible honeysuckle, Lonicera kamtschatica | Rating: 1 votes | Print / Pdf

A deciduous shrub, lonicera caerulea var. kamtschatica is a variety or subspecies of the honeysuckle shrub – but it offers more than simply attractive foliage. In early summer, it produces thick clusters of cylindrical, deep blue-black berries, which can be used for jam, sauces and even ice cream. Known as the honeyberry, its foliage emerges in spring, with ovate, grey-green leaves growing thick over its woody branches, and at the same time, it produces lightly fragrant white flowers insignificant to the eye. Ideally suited to cottage gardens, the honeyberry thrives in moist but well-drained soil in full sun. Light pruning is ideal, but after three years severe pruning is required.

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Known dangers?
  • yes
Dangers: comments
  • Avoid eating its berries, or risk having mild stomach upset.
Height [m]
  • 1 - 1.5
Spread [m]
  • 1.2
Dominant flower colour
  • White
Flower Fragrance
  • Yes, let it smell
Flowering seasons
  • Late winter
  • Early spring
  • Mid spring
  • Late spring
Foliage in spring
  • Grey-green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Grey-green
Propagation methods
  • Greenwood cuttings
  • seed
  • Hardwood cuttings
Growth habit
  • Upright
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z2-7
Heat zone
  • H9-1
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -46 - -12
Heat days
  • 0 - 150
  • well-drained
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • Clay
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Exposed
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Climbers
Grown for
  • Attractive Flowers
Creative category
  • Fine fragrants
  • For Beginners
  • Colours
  • Bonsai
  • For birds & bees
Garden type
  • Cottage garden
  • Coastal
Garden spaces
  • Walls, trellises and pergolas
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 10 years