Lonicera caerulea "Tundra"
Lonicera caerulea "Tundra" fruit
(Photo courtesy of Bailey Nurseries)
Height: 4 feet
Spread: 4 feet
Hardiness Zone: 2a
Other Names: Sweetberry Honeysuckle
An interesting hardy shrub with clean foliage and delicious bluish-purple berries that are edible; a smaller, dense growing habit; must have another honeyberry variety for cross pollination; selected for better fruit production and higher yeilds
Tundra Honeyberry has green foliage throughout the season. The narrow leaves do not develop any appreciable fall color. It features subtle creamy white flowers along the branches in early spring. It features an abundance of magnificent blue berries in late spring, which are excellent for fresh eating and making jams and jellies. 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. The smooth gray bark is not particularly outstanding.
Tundra Honeyberry 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 shrub 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.
Tundra Honeyberry is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- General Garden Use
- Orchard/Edible Landscaping
- Mass Planting
Tundra Honeyberry will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.
This shrub 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.