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  • From: John Bunker <>
  • To: North American Fruit Explorers <>
  • Subject: Re: [NAFEX] a little more on Haskap
  • Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2011 10:29:42 -0400

It is my understanding that the honeyberries that many of us planted years ago (I planted some 25 years ago or so) were from Russian origin. Mine fruted one or twice and never again. The current "crop" of varieties are from Japanese material. Hence the Haskap name. Supposedly these new selections are better at fruiting than the old stuff. Berry Blue is the preferred variety for a pollen source. We will be offering Berry Blue plus Tundra and Borealis. We have all three on trial now on our farm in Maine. None have fruited yet but are just getting established.
John Bunker
PO Box 520
Waterville ME 04903

On Aug 23, 2011, at 9:21 AM, mIEKAL aND wrote:

I got 25 Crimson Passion from Honeyberry USA, this year, & tho they
were tiny tissue culture plants 8" high, most of them are a very
vigorous 3' now after 2 1/2 months in the ground. I'm assuming the
Haskaps are tissue culture as well.

I also have been really annoyed by the Haskap name until I discovered
that the word is an ancient Ainu word for the fruit, which convinced
me it was a good choice of name. Plus without "honeysuckle" in the
name people's invasive plant alarms won't go off so quickly.


On Tue, Aug 23, 2011 at 8:04 AM, Maria Schumann <> wrote:
I got a shipment of haskaps from haskap central last year with 20%
dead plants. The replacements they sent were poorly packed and in bad
shape-- but mostly survived anyway. They are tough plants. This year
I bought my haskaps from honeyberry USA (they also sell Uof S
cherries)-- around the same price and the plants were better quality.

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