5 varieties of garden honeysuckle, the juicy berries of which will definitely not taste bitter

5 varieties of garden honeysuckle, the juicy berries of which will definitely not taste bitter

Honeysuckle usually ripens earlier than other garden berries. It has a pleasant texture, delicate taste and a unique set of trace elements. And these five varieties are distinguished by special dessert qualities: they are not bitter, have a specific taste and a pronounced aroma, which has received excellent assessments of experts.


The bushes of this variety are rather spreading, with a rounded crown, curved shoots, thin and long. The plant is ideal for planting in hedges due to its dense leaves and optimal height. Long-fruited blooms with large inflorescences with shiny petals.

The berries weigh up to 2 g, they are slightly compressed from the sides, uneven, with a thin skin, cylindrical in shape. The taste was highly appreciated by tasters due to the absence of bitterness and pleasant aroma. The fruits contain many sugars and ascorbic acid. Used for making jams and juices, and also dried.

Honeysuckle ripens in June, each bush gives up to 3 kg of juicy fragrant berries, which hardly crumble. The variety is considered frost-resistant, and the crop can be harvested as early as the third year after planting the seedlings.

Blue Cliff

The bushes of this variety have an attractive appearance and are often planted on the site to create an effective landscape composition. A fairly compact crown also allows you to harvest without interference.

Blue Cliff is hardy and undemanding to soil composition and maintenance. However, in a hot period, it is better to water the bush so that the berries retain their taste and juiciness.

In the third year after planting, Blue Cliff already yields a certain amount of fruits, and after a few more years, up to 3 kg of berries can be harvested from one bush. They ripen together and actively. This happens annually in June, the harvest is harvested within a month. The pulp of the fruit is rich in trace elements and vitamins, the taste is very original and changes depending on the climate. In the south, the berries are noticeably sweeter, but in the middle lane, the content of ascorbic acid in them increases.


Tomichka's bush does not exceed human growth. At its base, the branches are tightly pressed against each other, and at the top they diverge and bend. Leaves are slightly pubescent, oval in shape, with a pronounced tip. Tomichka blooms with greenish inflorescences, which are almost invisible against the background of overgrown foliage.

The berries of this variety differ from other varieties in their amazing configuration. Their upper part is noticeably compressed, and the lower one is widened, which makes the berry look like a miniature jug. In addition, the fruits have a bumpy surface and thin skin, they are large enough, each weighing almost a gram. When ripe, the berries acquire a dark purple color and a noticeable waxy coating. They have a wonderful delicate taste, wine is tinted with honeysuckle juice, and the pulp is used for filling in confectionery and raw.

Tomichka is perfect for a temperate climate. She has successfully passed tests for frost resistance even in the Siberian regions. The root system and shoots of the plant are able to tolerate significant frosts without problems, therefore, in the cold season, the bushes are usually not covered.

It is recommended to plant a pollinator next to the specimens of Tomichka. Turchaninov's honeysuckle hybrids are best suited for this purpose. The soil for plants should be loose and well moistened, preferably loam and sandy loam. In the southern regions, it is necessary to water the plantings often and abundantly. About 2.5 kg of berries are obtained from one plant per season. It is important to harvest the entire crop on time: ripe fruits quickly begin to crumble.


This variety is one of the youngest, it has appeared on summer cottages already in the current millennium. The diameter of the Yugana crown is more than 2 m, and the height of the trunk is one and a half meters. In spring, the bush is covered with charming flowers that attract bees and other insects to the garden. The berries ripen annually. Yugana is famous for long-term fruiting and excellent quality of fruits that can be harvested at the end of June.

The berries of this variety are simply delicious: large, 2 g in weight, dark blue or dark purple, with a waxy bloom. The shape is elongated, pitcher-shaped. The taste is highly appreciated by experts: Yugana received 5 points on an international scale. Honeysuckle juice cleanses the body of harmful substances and lowers blood pressure. The pulp goes into preserves, jams and compotes.

Harvesting is carried out in several stages. Even ripe fruits hang on the branches for a long time, ripening and acquiring their wonderful taste. They have a dense skin, and when shaken off, the berries do not fall apart, so they are usually harvested mechanically.

The bush bears fruit for up to 30 years, it is frost-resistant and does not require special conditions for placement and maintenance. Over the summer, up to 6 kg of fruits are removed from the plant. Yugana can produce a crop without pollinators, but it is still better to plant several specimens of such varieties nearby.


One of the most promising varieties of honeysuckle. Ussulga forms a bush almost 2 m tall, rather compact in shape, with straight, slightly pubescent branches and leathery leaf blades. The plant is considered decorative due to the shape of the shoots and the matte shade of oval leaves. In the garden, it is usually placed along the fence.

The fruits are large, oval, with small tubercles, thin skin and waxy bloom. They ripen together, have a pleasant sweet and sour taste and a delicious aroma, highly appreciated by tasters. You can collect about 5 kilograms of selected berries from a bush.

Ussulga bears a harvest annually. Ripening dates are mid-early. The variety is resistant to drought and frost. Prefers light soils with good oxygen access. Due to its simplicity, excellent yield and low shedding of fruits, Ussulga quickly gained popularity among gardeners.

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The genus Honeysuckle includes more than a hundred species, among which there are shrubs, tree-like and climbing forms of plants. At the beginning of summer, the berry-vitamin season is opened by the tender, sour-fresh fruits of edible honeysuckle.

For many years, a breeder from the Moscow region, Leonid Petrovich Kuminov, worked on obtaining cultivars of honeysuckle. Its varieties are distinguished by high frost resistance, tolerate heat safely, exhibit average drought tolerance... The taste of these berries is estimated at 4.8 points out of 5. The fruits are dark blue with a bluish tint, sweet, not bitter. They can be drop-shaped, spindle-like, rounded or oblong in shape, weighing an average of 1.1 g. Harvested at 2.1 kg of the crop from a bush, which is approximately 70 kg / ha. After ripening, the berries hardly crumble.

Early and mid-early varieties of L.P. Kuminov included in the State Register:

  • Gzhel early,
  • Wiliga,
  • Gzhelka.

Mid-season Kumin varieties of honeysuckle:

  • Kuminovka,
  • The pile is small
  • Lyulia,
  • Shahinya.

Late varieties of L.P. Kuminov included in the State Register:

  • Kingfisher,
  • Ramenskaya,
  • Gzhel late.

The best and most prolific of the varieties obtained by LP Kuminov, Viliga, produces from one bush up to 2.4 kg of large, sweet, delicate berries.

Viliga is a productive variety with vigorous bushes

In addition to the equal characteristics of Kumin, in the State Register there are new improved varieties of honeysuckle with improved indicators of productivity, endurance and fruit size.

Usually early berries do not have a strong flavor, but this is not the case with honeysuckle. Among the early ripening varieties, there are several very successful in terms of the ratio of quality and yield.

Table: 5 early varieties of honeysuckle with improved properties

Variety nameTasteBerry weight (g)Tasting score (point)Productivity (kg / ha)Feature
Assolsweet and sour, aromatic1,1555berries are dark purple, frost-resistant variety
Bakchar's pridesweet and sour1,24,893,4frost-resistant, does not get sick, does not suffer from pests
Siberiansweet, aromatic1,04,9107frost resistant
Silginkasweet, tender1,54,9106high drought and heat resistance
Three friendssweet and sour, aromatic1,44,683may be affected by phyllosticta, but winter hardiness, heat resistance and drought resistance are high

Photo gallery: early yielding varieties of honeysuckle

Spindle-shaped berries of honeysuckle variety Pride Bakchar are inaccessible to pests and diseases Honeysuckle variety Sibiryachka gives record yields Silginka honeysuckle fruits are the largest of the early varieties Tasters give the fragrant berries of the Three Friends variety only 4.6 points

Mid-season honeysuckle comes with tiny neat droplets-berries or more weighty ones with the appropriate name. Some show high resistance to pathogens: pathogens and pests, others to extreme temperatures. They can tolerate frost and heat without damage. All varieties have a pleasant, refreshing taste.

Read also about what you can plant in the summer, in our article - July planting in the country

Table: best mid-season honeysuckle varieties

Variety nameTasteBerry weight (g)Tasting score (point)Productivity (kg / ha)Feature
Bakchar giantsweet, with gentle sourness1,84,853ripening of berries is not close
Blue dessertsweet0,8547exceptional resistance to pests and diseases
Daughter of a giantsweet, sour, refreshing1,8–2,54,869,4medium heat resistance
Elizabethsweet1,2–1,8541can be used for industrial cultivation
Fire opalsourish1,24,590,8frost resistant
Siriussourish, with bitterness1,04,693does not get sick, does not suffer from pests
Sweetheartsweet1,55yield depends on the presence of a pollinatorcompact variety, excellent pollinator, but can be affected by mealybugs and aphids
Chulymskayagentle, sweet and sour1,24,8102high resistance to pathogens

Photo gallery: modern medium-ripening honeysuckle varieties

The fruits of the honeysuckle variety Bakcharskiy Giant do not ripen together Berries of the honeysuckle variety The Giant's daughter pleasantly refreshes Each berry of the frost-resistant variety Fire Opal weighs only a gram, but more than 90 centners are harvested per hectare Berries of a productive variety of honeysuckle Sirius are sweet and sour, with a delicate bitterness The Slastena variety is a godsend for the gardener: compact, excellent pollinator and gives excellent berries The Chulymskaya honeysuckle variety gives a wonderful harvest of delicious berries

The most successful late varieties of honeysuckle for the Moscow region have rather large pleasant berries. But the tastiest have lower yields.

Table: characteristics of varieties of late-ripening honeysuckle

Variety nameTasteBerry weight (g)Tasting score (point)Productivity (kg / ha)Feature
Bakchar jubileesweet and sour, fresh,
without bitterness
1,44,8106high resistance to adverse environmental factors and pathogens
Gorlinkasweet1,0–1,5544,5high resistance to adverse environmental factors and pathogens
Darlingsweet and sour, tender1,24,998pronounced frost resistance
Cubic zirconiasweet1,0532pronounced frost resistance

Photo gallery: late successful varieties of honeysuckle

The Bakcharskaya jubilee honeysuckle variety is a summer resident's dream: the fruits are tasty, large, the bush is resistant to bad weather, usefulness and pests, while the yield is just fabulous! Honeysuckle variety Chosen One bravely competes with the best representatives of the species in taste and yield The honeysuckle variety Cubic Zirconia has been sparkling in garden plots for a quarter of a century.

Honeysuckle berries of the following varieties received the maximum assessment from the tasters:

  • Assol,
  • Blue dessert,
  • Gorlinka,
  • Elizabeth,
  • Sweetheart
  • Cubic zirconia.

Photo gallery: varieties of honeysuckle with the most delicious berries

Assol opens the berry season with delicious berries The berries of the mid-season Blue Dessert variety have the form of drops and an amazing taste The fruits of the Elizaveta variety are a real treasure: there are few of them, but they are great in taste. Gorlinka's late honeysuckle variety is not the most productive, but one of the best in taste

I planted honeysuckle four years ago. I chose the varieties Leningradsky Giant and Viliga, and two more nameless seedlings were presented by a neighbor from her own, warning that for a stable harvest several varieties are required, located no further than one and a half to two meters from each other. But no one warned that the bushes do not like transplants, and it did not occur to me to read it myself. As a result, trying to find the best location, I changed the place of planting the bushes several times ...
So I am content with delicate flowers in anticipation of future rich harvests.

Features of honeysuckle

Gardeners, along with other popular garden crops, for example, such as raspberries, currants, gooseberries, have been growing honeysuckle for a long time. The most popular are 2 types of garden honeysuckle, namely: blue honeysuckle (blue) and edible honeysuckle, as well as a large number of varieties that were obtained thanks to these two species.

Edible honeysuckle (lat.Lonicera edulis) is a deciduous upright shrub that does not exceed 100 centimeters in height. Thin young green stems on the surface have pubescence, in some parts they have a purple tint. The thickness of the bare old stems can reach 30 mm, they are covered with a brownish-yellow bark, peeling off in narrow strips. The shape of the lush crown is spherical. Oblong-lanceolate leaf plates in length reach about 7 centimeters, they have stipules of a round shape. There is dense pubescence on the surface of young foliage and stems. Old leaf blades are completely naked or partially pubescent. In the leaf axils there are pale yellow funnel-shaped flowers, which are placed in pairs. Flowering begins in May or the first days of June. The length of dark blue fruits is 0.9–1.2 cm, and there is a bluish bloom on the surface. In different varieties, the shape of the fruit can be elliptical, round or cylindrical. The color of the pulp of the berries is violet-red. Small dark brown seeds are 0.2 cm long.

Blue honeysuckle, or blue honeysuckle (lat.Lonicera caerulea) is a woody deciduous plant. whose height varies from 200 to 250 cm. The crown is compact, slightly curved stems are erect. The brown bark has a red or gray tint; it exfoliates from the trunk in strips. Opposite practically sessile leaf plates of an elliptical shape reach 60 mm in length and 30 mm in width. Inflorescences are located in the axils of several lower pairs of leaf plates, they consist of yellowish regular bell-shaped flowers. The fruit is a fragrant oblong berry of an elliptical shape and dark blue color, there is a bluish bloom on its surface. The fruit has a sweet, slightly bitter taste, somewhat reminiscent of blueberries. This plant is fast growing and can live and bear fruit for 80 years. The varieties of such honeysuckle are self-fertile. In this regard, in order to obtain a harvest in one garden plot, it is necessary to plant several bushes of such a plant of various varieties. In this case, pollinating insects will be able to pollinate the honeysuckle. There are regions where honeysuckle is considered a very important honey plant.

Medium ripening honeysuckle varieties

Fire opal. The size of the plant is small with a spreading crown. It has a bitter taste, but it disappears when the berry is fully ripe. You can cook jam or grind with sugar. The yield is high, if honeysuckle is cultivated on a plot of 10 years, then it will be easy to collect 5-6 kg of berries, and in the first years - up to 3 kg.

Cubic zirconia differs in medium size, with flexible small shoots. The fruits begin to ripen in the middle of summer. This honeysuckle is perfect as a dessert.The yield is average, ripe berries can be harvested up to 2 kg.

Lapis lazuli - a small bush, branches pressed against each other. Average ripening period. Fruits with sweet large berries that are good both fresh and in compote. The yield is high - from 1.5 to 2.5 kg of fruits per season.

Vlada Is a tall bush with a dense dark green crown. Ripening period is average. The berries have a sweetish flavor. Pounded with sugar will be an excellent addition to tea drinking. The yield is above average, about 1.5 kg per plant.

Provincial - a low plant. The berries ripen in mid-summer and have a sweet taste with a creamy aroma. Due to the extended ripening, the yield is low.

New - a low spherical bush. Ripening period is average. Ripening begins at the end of June. The taste of the berries is sour with a sweet undertone. The yield is very high - up to 6 kg of fruits. Vitamin C content is approximately 60%.

Lulia - medium-sized bush with soft shoots of light green color. Ripening period is average, begins to bear fruit from the middle of summer. The taste of the fruit is sweetish without bitterness. Average yield, up to 2 kg of berries.

There is a good article on how to properly care for honeysuckle.

If you are interested in what diseases and pests of honeysuckle are, and how to deal with them, then read a detailed article about it here.

Shahinya - This is a medium-sized bush, the crown has an oval or conical shape. Ripening period is average. Berry taste with pronounced sourness without bitterness. The harvest is suitable for jams, juices, compotes. The yield is high.

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