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Washington Hawthorn vs Blue Banana Haskap (Honeyberry)

Crataegus phaenopyrum

Lonicera caerulea Blue Banana

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Washington Hawthorn
Blue Banana Haskap (Honeyberry)

Washington Hawthorn is an attractive ornamental shrub that is dense enough to plant as a privacy screen. It produces clusters of white blooms in late spring to early summer.

Washington Hawthorn's red berries last throughout winter, bringing squirrels and birds to your property. In the fall, its foliage turns beautiful orange, scarlet, or purple.

One of the most overlooked trees on the prairies. This tree is often used as rootstock, a wildlife attractor, or a boulevard hedge. Give this one a second look.

This species is also known as one of the more salt-tolerant species for those with saline soils.

Please note: this plant is poisonous to dogs.

The Blue Banana Haskap is a fruit-bearing shrub that produces medium-sized oval berries that are quite sweet. Their taste is typically described as something between a raspberry and a blueberry. Its small white flowers bloom in April, with harvest time being mid-June to mid-July. The berries are juicy, and are great for fresh eating and using in preserves.

The Blue Banana Haskap, or Blue Banana Honeyberry is a cold-hardy cultivar.

Blue Banana is a late pollinating variety. Pair with other late pollinators to have a higher yield.
Blue Stuart is a great companion variety.

WASHINGTON HAWTHORN QUICK FACTS

BLUE BANANA HASKAP (HONEYBERRY) QUICK FACTS

Zone: 3a
Zone: 2a
Height: 6 m (20 ft)
Height: 1.5 m (5 ft)
Spread: 4 m (12 ft)
Spread: 1.5 m (5 ft)
Moisture: any
Moisture: any
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: partial shade, full sun
Fall colour: orange, scarlet or purple
Berries: small, red
Berries: blue, oval
Flavor: sweet
Flowers: white flowers in spring
Growth rate: medium
Growth rate: medium
Life span: medium
Life span: medium
Suckering: none
Suckering: none

In row spacing: 0.9 m (3 ft)

Between row spacing: 5 m (16 ft)



Other Names: washington thorn
Other Names: blue banana honeyberry