[NAFEX] Edible Honeysuckle
Lon J. Rombough
lonrom at hevanet.com
Fri May 21 09:09:10 EDT 2004
Dr. Thompson has been using material from all over the world. Selections
from Japan have been more useful in that they bloom a lot later than the
Siberian ones commonly sold. And since the work is being done in Corvallis,
Oregon, the best selections are automatically suited for the NW. Which
doesn't mean they won't do well elsewhere, since they incorporate genes from
One interesting note was that the Siberian material was more disease
prone because it comes from a climate that is quite dry during the growing
season. A number of the Siberian plants I saw had disease, while the
Japanese stock was generally quite healthy. None of the material is
sprayed, in order to allow evaluation for disease resistance.
Given the variation in plants, there are certainly different races, if
not different species, involved in the parentage. Whether some of the
material could be actually called different species would be up to a
botanist. There are a lot of differences in growth habit, time of bloom,
leaf size, fruit size and shape,and more.
So yes, this is material that will be able to grow in many areas. How
many will have to be determined by testing, which isn't going to happen much
if there isn't enough support for the work.
, What potential do these new selections have for mild climates, like the
Pacific Northwest? Is the breeding work incorporating genes from other
honeysuckle species, or is there enough variation within honeyberry to
result in all the intersting traits you have seen developed? -Mark Lee,
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