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Haskap - Boreal Beast (Lonicera caerulea 'Boreal Beast')

Haskap - Boreal Beast (Lonicera caerulea 'Boreal Beast')

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The Boreal Beast Haskap is a cultivar of Lonicera caerulea, known for its large, flavorful berries. This bush typically reaches a height of 4 to 5 feet and a similar spread, making it a substantial shrub in the garden. It is hardy in USDA zones 2 through 7, which indicates excellent cold tolerance, ideal for many regions in Canada. Boreal Beast Haskap prefers well-drained soil with a slightly acidic to neutral pH and thrives in full sun, although it can tolerate partial shade.

This variety is notable for its elongated, dark blue berries that ripen in early to mid-summer. The berries are larger than many other haskap varieties and are praised for their sweet and tangy flavor, making them excellent for fresh eating, as well as in jams, jellies, and baking. Boreal Beast is known for its high yields and consistent berry quality.

Haskaps, in general, have a rich history, originating from regions in Asia and Eastern Europe. They are valued for their hardiness, early fruiting season, and nutritional benefits. The Boreal Beast Haskap, with its large berries and robust flavor, is a result of a breeding program at U of Sask, aimed at enhancing berry size and taste while maintaining the plant's natural hardiness. This makes it a particularly appealing choice for gardeners in cooler climates looking for reliable fruit production.

Just a few plants available for this year, we got on as one of the U of Sask's breeders in the fall of 2023.

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