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Lonicera caerulea is a deciduous shrub that can grow up to 2.00 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
N.E. Europe. Northern N. America - Newfoundland to Alaska and southwards.
Grows best in a good moist soil in a sunny position, it does not fruit so well in the shade[
Closely related to L. villosa[
Interesting botanically because it appears as though two flowers arise from a single ovary[
]. The fruit is actually a fleshy growth that surrounds the two ovaries[
A very variable species[
], there are some named forms selected for their ornamental value[
The following report is for the closely related L. villosa, it would be worthwhile experimenting with this plant to check on edibility[
]. The fruit of this species is about 5mm in diameter[
Fruit - raw or preserved[
]. A milder flavour than most edible honeysuckles, they can be eaten raw but are mainly used in making jams, jellies and refreshing drinks[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame. Stored seed requires 2 months cold stratification[
] and should be sown as soon as possible in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.
Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 7 - 10cm with or without a heel, mid summer in a frame. Good percentage[
Cuttings of mature wood of the current season's growth, 15 - 20cm with or without a heel, late autumn in a cold frame. Good percentage[
Layering in autumn[