Haskap Oregon

Haskap Fast Facts

  • Haskaps belong to the honeysuckle family, but are a woody shrub that does not sucker from the base and is not invasive.
  • The name "haskap" is used to refer to the cultivars of the lonicera caerulea that are derived from the Japanese strains, while the Russian varieties are usually called "honeyberries."
  • Plants are adaptable to most soils, with a wide range of pH levels, but prefer a slightly acidic soil.
  • Cold-hardy plants, with blossoms able to withstand 20 degrees, are also adaptable to moderate temperature climates.
  • Harvest is early, about the same time as strawberries.
  • A healthy and properly pruned plant produces 6 to 10 pounds of berries after 5 years.
  • The fruit can be used for baking, ice cream, jam, juice, liqueurs, and wine.
  • Berries have more antioxidants than blueberries, black currants, or pomegranates.
  • Plant at least two unrelated varieties that bloom at the same time for pollination.
  • No significant diseases or pests have been noted, except for birds.
  • Birds love them, protection systems are necessary in most locations.
  • Healthy plants will live 25 years or longer.