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Out of Season Honeyberry Aurora
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Honeyberry Aurora

Ripens Before Strawberries

  • Elongated, 1½ in. fruit with wild blueberry taste
  • Ripens in late May, before strawberries
  • Produces up to 10 lbs. of fruit
  • Grows 4-8 ft. tall
  • Few, if any, pest and disease problems
  • Ideal for edible landscape
Start the fruit season off right with this early ripening honeyberry. Aurora Honeyberry ripens before strawberry season, often in late May in many areas. The elongated, 1½ in. fruits have a wonderful sweet-tart flavor that is reminiscent of wild blueberries. Many gardeners eat them fresh or make them into jams or desserts. The upright shrubs grow 4 to 8 ft. tall with a 4 to 5 ft. spread and produce up to 10 lbs. of fruits at maturity. Because the fruits ripen early in the growing season, they have few, if any pest or disease problems. Grows best in partial shade. Plant two varieties for pollination. Zones 3-9.



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  • Botanical Name: Lonicera caerulea 'Aurora'
  • Height: 4 - 8 feet.
  • Spacing: 4 - 5 feet.
  • Depth: Plant at the same depth as in the pot. Likes partial shade in most regions except the far north, where it can enjoy full sun.
  • Spread: 4 - 5 feet.
  • Light Required: Partial Shade. Likes partial shade in most regions except the far north, where it can enjoy full sun.
  • Pollinator: Need two varieties for cross pollination. Pollinate with Borealis.
  • Yield: Up to 10 lbs. on mature plants.
  • Color: White flowers.
  • Foliage: Oval light green leaves.
  • Blooms: Early spring
  • Fruit: Elongated blue fruit similar in size and flavor to wild blueberries. Tender berry texture with firmer skin, good for fresh eating and baking, very easy picking berries.
  • Zone: 3-9
  • Form: Upright shrub
  • Flower Form: Small tubular or funnel-shaped flowers.
  • Soil Requirements: Succeeds in moderately fertile soil as long as it's not too dry or acid.
  • Growth Rate: Moderate growth rate.
  • Pruning: Little pruning is needed on bushes younger than five years old other than removing dead, diseased, or broken branches. After that periodically remove older limbs. Ideally you should have four to six older limbs and a few younger shoots per shrub.
  • Comments: This unique plant produces an abundance of 1-1/2" long berries tasting like wild blueberries in mid to late spring, even before strawberries are ripe. It is a member of the honeysuckle family nd has been a valued fruit for ages. Plant two varieties for pollination 4-6' apart.

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