Lonicera caerulea 'Kuchi'
Grow a berry bush with serious flavor—not just a boring hedge! Yezberry MAXIE™ Japanese haskap (aka honeyberry) honors breeder Dr. Maxine Thompson and gives cold region and maritime gardeners an easy treat in earliest summer. With a tangy flavor that's like a raspberry with a bit of earthy blackberry, when the berries are dark blue through-and-through is the time to enjoy them. Yezberry is a newer category of honeyberry from an exclusively Japanese subspecies from Hokkaido (formerly called Yez Island), and these late-blooming varieties match up reliably with each other. Plan to buy them in sets for heavier yields!
Pair with any other variety of Yezberry for reliable pollination. Yezberry is developed for slightly warmer regions than most haskaps, and is better suited for cool maritime locations. Bushes tend to go into early dormancy when temperatures are consistently above 86F, so not for hot summer climates. Can prefer afternoon shade in long-summer regions.
Hardy to USDA Zone: 2
Mature Height: 5’- 6'
Sun: Full Sun to Afternoon Shade in Warmer Areas
Ripening Time: Early Summer
Pollination: Requires a different Yezberry variety planted nearby.