15 best varieties of honeysuckle

Review of the best according to the editors. About the selection criteria. The the material is subjective, is not advertising and is not serves as a guide to the purchase. Before purchase is needed consultation with a specialist.

Along with raspberries, currants and gooseberries for a long time gardeners grow honeysuckle. Most popular blue (blue) and the edible look of this garden crop. Based on them numerous varieties were bred. This plant is able to grow in short summer conditions. Honeysuckle fruits ripen in the shortest deadlines.

Honeysuckle lovers who have been practicing it for years breeding, choosing the best varieties, pay attention to taste characteristics of the fruit, yield, friendliness of ripening, external kind of bush. Our experts in this field have conducted research and ranked the best early, middle and late grades honeysuckle, as well as those suitable for growing in Moscow region.

Rating of the best varieties of honeysuckle

Nomination a place Name of product rating
The best early varieties of honeysuckle 1 Blue Spindle 5.0
2 Nymph 4.9
3 Long-fruited 4.8
4 Tomichka 4.7
5 Blue bird 4.6
The best middle and late varieties of honeysuckle 1 Yugana 5.0
2 Velvet 4.9
3 Giant’s Daughter 4.8
4 Malvina 4.7
5 Volkhova 4.6
The best varieties of honeysuckle for Moscow region 1 Pavlovskaya 5.0
2 Violet 4.9
3 Azure 4.8
4 Kamchadalka 4.7
5 Gerda 4.6

The best early varieties of honeysuckle

Along with other fruit bushes planted on infield, honeysuckle matures very first. This the process can be accelerated by planting the earliest varieties culture. You can enjoy a delicious harvest already in the first half of June.

Blue Spindle

Rating: 5.0


The first place in the ranking is occupied by the honeysuckle variety Blue Spindle. He bred Barnaul breeders. Top of the plant oval, formed by rare branches and leaves. Shoots having a green color, stand straight. If we consider the berries, then they resemble an elongated spindle. For this reason, this variety such a name.

Blue berries in a dense wax coating and with numerous tubercles. Each fruit weighs 0.9-1.5 g, and in length reaches almost 3 cm. Under favorable conditions, honeysuckle pulp Blue Sweet spindle with obvious sourness. But if it doesn’t rain for a long time, then taste begins to dominate bitterness. Ripen the fruits at the end second week of June. They should be collected without delay, since they quickly fall off.

In reviews, gardeners praise this honeysuckle variety for being brings a big harvest. From one bush it is possible to collect up to 2.5 kg berries. The Blue Spindle is also rated among the best because bushes bear fruit well every year. At the same time, the raw materials are large and with good taste. A sharp decrease or increase temperatures, as well as all kinds of pests of this honeysuckle are not scary.


  • the berries are quite large;
  • ripens early;
  • adverse factors do not affect the crop;
  • bears fruit every year.


  • ripe berries quickly appear on the ground;
  • in dry weather, honeysuckle begins to bitter.


Rating: 4.9


A variety of honeysuckle Nymph, bred in St. Petersburg, takes second ranking position. It is a medium-sized bushes. Their upper part is spreading and rounded, and skeletal branches grow straight. The stems are thick, rather long, but lowered. On them dark green oval-shaped leaves are located.

Blue berries with blueness and a waxy coating. The weight of each comes up to 3 g, and in length up to 3 cm. They are long, reminiscent of a spindle, and their surface is very lumpy. The peel of the fruit is dense, but thin, and the pulp is fibrous. On the palate along with sweetness traceable sourness and bitterness. The aroma manifests spicy notes. The fruits ripen closer to mid-June.

Gardeners in the reviews note that on young bushes Nymphs berries do not crumble, but with age, the crop more often appears on the ground. Grade non-capricious, but self-fertile, therefore, needs pollinators. Our experts put Nymph in the ranking of the best for her high productivity (up to 2 kg of fruit from one bush), endurance and pleasant taste specifications.


  • pleasant dessert taste;
  • the rapid emergence of fruits;
  • resistance to a sharp drop in temperature;
  • matures in the second week of June.


  • the crown is often thickened.


Rating: 4.8


Long-honeysuckle is a Ural variety located on third position ranking. Spreading bushes reach the middle size. The top is rounded. The stems of this variety are thin, long and curved. Leaves are small, lanceolate, in color closer to dark green.

Long honeysuckle has rather large berries. Each of them can weigh up to 2 g, and reaches a length of 2.7 cm. Characteristic for them cylindrical shape, slightly compressed on the sides. Fruit color blue-violet, and also there is a coating of wax that gives honeysuckle whiteness. Sweet berries with sourness, peel – thin. Bitterness in the aftertaste is not observed. Honeysuckle is ripening Long-fruited in early / mid-June.

From the reviews of gardeners it follows that from one bush of this variety it is possible to collect up to 3 kg of honeysuckle. Moreover, ripe berries are tight sit on branches and have an average crumbliness even with strong gusts of wind. Long honeysuckle is in the ranking, since its fruits ripen at the same time and belong to the dessert type. And the bush itself is small and easy to care for.


  • dessert flavor;
  • universality of use;
  • good yield;
  • simultaneous ripening;
  • well withstands spring frosts.


  • twisted inside branches make it difficult to harvest.


Rating: 4.7


Bakchar specialists developed a variety of honeysuckle – Tomichka, which located in fourth place in the ranking. Represents medium-sized shrub. Its branches at the base are pressed against each other, and towards the middle they diverge to the sides, leaning in arcs to the ground. Leaves oval, medium sized, light green, light coated fluff.

The berries of Tomichka are special: the top of them is flattened and a little depressed, and the lower part expanded. Outwardly they remind a little a jug or a drop. Ripe dark purple smoky berry wax coating. She has a thin skin and a hilly surface. Pulp juicy, pleasant taste – harmoniously combines sweetness and acid. Tomichka ripens by mid-June.

In their reviews, gardeners note that berries grow in clusters, therefore, collecting them is not difficult. But ripe berries quickly fall to the ground, so it is important not to miss the moment. Tomichka deservedly appeared in the ranking of the best, because it has both nutritional value, and can be an excellent decoration of the garden for account of its decorative characteristics.


  • tasty and juicy;
  • stable yield;
  • tolerates severe frosts;
  • decorativeness.


  • ripe berries hurry to fall to the ground.

Blue bird

Rating: 4.6


The fifth position of the rating went to the honeysuckle of Siberian selection – Blue bird. Shrubs of this variety grow strongly and can reach 1.8 m in height. The stems are thin and erect. Top the bush is sprawling, dense and has an oval shape. Grade self-fertile, therefore, does not produce crops without the neighborhood of pollinators.

Berries of the Bluebird of medium size: 2 cm in length and by weight reach a maximum of 1.2 g. Their shape is elliptical, oblong, and the color is very dark – almost black, but with a bluish low tide. The skin is thin and there is a clear waxy coating on it. To taste, the fruits of this honeysuckle resemble blueberries. The flesh they have tender, taste – sweet and sour, in the aroma there are light tart notes. Berries ripen in mid-June.

Honeysuckle lovers in their reviews note that this variety non-capricious and easy to care for. Bluebird introduced by ours experts in the ranking of the best, because it has a pleasant dessert taste, she has no problem of quick shedding, she tolerates well extreme conditions and practically not sick.


  • resembles blueberries in taste and appearance;
  • tolerates a decrease in temperature;
  • practically not sick;
  • berries are extremely rare on the ground.


  • average yield.

The best middle and late varieties of honeysuckle

Individual honeysuckle varieties ripen in late June or mid July. They are classified as middle and late. Among them is also present considerable choice.


Rating: 5.0


The first place in the ranking is occupied by the Bakchar honeysuckle variety, bred in 2010. The maturity rate refers to the average varieties. Harvesting occurs towards the end of June. Shrub each the code gives growth and over time reaches 1.5 m in height. His the top is quite compact, thickened medium.

Yugana’s berries are dark purple, closer to black. On them there is a wax coating. The mass of each fetus reaches up to 1.8 Their shape resembles a jug. Moreover, at the top it is thickened, and his nose is oval with a rounding. The taste of this honeysuckle sweetish with slightly pronounced sourness.

Fans of this culture in the reviews note that this variety honeysuckle stable fruiting and high productivity (from 3.5 to 6 kg of fruit from an adult bush). Yugana deservedly leads rating of the best, because after ripening its berries do not sprinkle, it retains a good appearance during transportation, practically does not change taste after freezing.


  • organic combination of sweet and sour taste;
  • the fruits are large;
  • the ability to remove from one bush up to 6 kg of berries;
  • good resistance to disease and frost;
  • ripe berries are held on branches for up to 4 weeks.


  • self-infertility.


Rating: 4.9


Honeysuckle fruit Velvet is the second ranking. it Barnaul variety ripening in the second half of June. Bush sprawling and grows up to 2 m. Stems are medium in thickness, stand straight, have a slight pubescence and green color. Plant fruitlessly, but successfully pollinated by other varieties of honeysuckle.

Velvet berries are oval, dark blue, covered with a waxy coating. On the palate, they combine sweetness, sourness and bitterness. Fruit absolutely odorless. Berries ripen together approximately 20-25 June. Each fruit weighs on average up to 1.2 g. On the branches they weigh confidently.

Gardeners love this variety and praise in their reviews for early maturity and universality of appointment. Experts contributed it to rating for the fact that she is practically not sick, not afraid of pests, and also tolerates harsh winters. Also to the advantages of Velvet refers to the rash of fruits.


  • fast fruiting;
  • high productivity;
  • resistance to shedding;
  • high winter hardiness.


  • light bitterness on the palate.

Giant’s Daughter

Rating: 4.8

Daughter of the Great

In the third position of the rating is the variety Daughter Giant. This shrub is quite large. Maximum height (1.7 m) he reaches closer to 8-9 years of existence. His crown is oval, medium density. At the beginning of development, young stems are present raspberry shade.

The color of the berries of the Giant’s Daughter is dark purple, close to black. But due to the plaque of wax, they seem gray. Fruit relate to dessert. They are sweet with a slightly pronounced sourness, but without a taste of bitterness. By weight, the berries of the Daughter of the Giant belong to the largest (1.8-2.5 g). Their shape is similar to a long pear or inverted comma.

Gardeners praise this mid-late honeysuckle variety in their reviews. The daughter of the Giants is deservedly included in the ranking of the best, since her fruit is one of the largest and sweetest, they are weak sprinkled and have good winter hardiness. The fruits are suitable for preservation or freezing. They tolerate well transportation.


  • large-fruited;
  • very sweet;
  • high productivity;
  • crumbles weakly;
  • tolerates winter well.


  • the first 1-2 years, the bush grows slowly.


Rating: 4.7


The fourth place in the rating is given to the Malvina mid-early honeysuckle. It represents shrubs reaching one and a half meters in height. The upper part of the plant is dense and oval. The stems are thin, grow straight, have a slight pubescence. Leaves green, dark, rather large and dense.

Each berry reaches almost 3 cm in length, and weighs a little more than 1 g. In shape, they resemble an elongated pear. On the surface protruding weak tubercles. Beautiful blue and blue berries densely covered with a coating of wax. The pulp is fibrous and the skin is dense. This honeysuckle tastes sweet, but with a slight sourness. Scent almost not felt.

In reviews, gardeners often admire the fact that from one bush Malvins can collect more than three kg of berries. Ripe fruits for a long time hang on legs, practically do not fall. Our experts contributed Malvina is rated, as this honeysuckle is delicious, gives a rich harvest, not afraid of a sharp drop in temperature and practically no is sick.


  • the fruits are large and tasty;
  • practically does not fall to the ground;
  • tolerates frost well;
  • no more and not affected by pests.


  • separation of the fruit from the stalk is difficult.


Rating: 4.6


Fifth in the ranking is Volkhov’s honeysuckle, related to the average sort of. Shrubs in height reach 2 meters. Crohn have them squat, oval. The stems are thick, slightly covered villi, grow straight. Leaves are large, dense, painted in dark green color. Volkhov’s honeysuckle is often used for decoration of garden design.

The berries are quite small, their whole sun is only 0.8 g, and in they are less than 2 cm long. They are oval, elongated, with a blunt tip. Blue fruit with a bluish tint. The berry is characterized by juicy, sweet flesh, practically without sourness and with strong skin. The aroma is similar to strawberries.

Honeysuckle lovers praise the Volkhov variety in their reviews. Them like that ripe fruits practically do not crumble. In rating the best this honeysuckle fell for its taste characteristics and ability to tolerate sudden changes in temperature during harsh winters.


  • sweet taste and aroma of strawberries;
  • easy fit into garden design;
  • flakeability is very low;
  • resistant to a sharp drop in temperature.


  • small berries.

The best varieties of honeysuckle for Moscow region

Honeysuckle is a culture that most often tolerates well temperature reduction, so many of its varieties are suitable for breeding in the suburbs and areas north of Moscow.


Rating: 5.0


The first place in the rating was given to Pavlovskaya honeysuckle. Grow grade can in any areas, including Moscow region. Represents a wide bush of medium size. Crohn has it reverse conical. Shoots are light green with a touch of purple a shade. They are thick, straight and down.

For Pavlovskaya honeysuckle rather large berries are characteristic (each weighs about 1.6 g). They are elongated, the tip of them pointy. The color of the fruit is dark blue and can be seen on them pronounced wax coating. The pulp is dense, wavy, sweet with sourness.

In reviews, gardeners praising Pavlovskaya honeysuckle for its sustainability to freezing. This variety deserves to be in the ranking of the best, since it is characterized by a friendship of maturation and weakness shedding ripe berries. After ripening in mid-June, they are even before 10 days continue to hang on branches.


  • not afraid of frost;
  • the crop ripens together;
  • the berries are big and tasty.


  • ripe berries crumble after 10 days.


Rating: 4.9


In second place was Honeysuckle Violet. Fruits of this plant ripen in the mid-late period. Shrubs grow to 1.3-1, 5 m in height, their branches are scattered weakly. Top of the bush thick, round. The stems are thick, grow straight, their color greenish brown. There are many large, oval, bright green leaves.

Berries weigh a little more than 1 g, and their length reaches 2.8 cm. Form they have an elongated, reminiscent of a jug. The surface of the fruit has slight tuberosity. Their color is blue-violet, coated with a coating wax. Fibrous, tight pulp is covered with a thin skin. In taste a combination of sweetness and sourness is felt. Honeysuckle violet has pleasant, light aroma.

Fans of this culture in the reviews note that the shrubs of this Honeysuckle varieties fit perfectly into the landscape design. And also them like the fact that the violet berries are well transported and content Do not spoil for a long time while lying. Our experts contributed it to rating of the best, as the variety withstands winters well and is resistant to other adverse factors.


  • the fruits are large, tasty;
  • bushes are used for decorative purposes;
  • resistant to frost;
  • crumbles minimally.


  • self-infertile.


Rating: 4.8


Azure honeysuckle, bred in Siberia, is located on third position ranking. Shrubs with medium branches grow up to 1.7 m in height. Their upper part is inverse conical. The stems are thin and not covered with fluff. Initially they light green, and as they grow from the sunny side on them appears pink. The leaves are quite large, oval in shape. On the they have a slight hairiness, and their base is convex.

The fruits of Azure honeysuckle weigh 1.4 g each, and their length reaches 2 see. They are oval, slightly resembling a cone. It is characteristic of fruits thickening in the middle part, and the tip of them is pointed. Peel not especially dense, and the pulp is fibrous with a good dessert taste. Color – blue, dark with a bluish bloom.


  • the berries are large and tasty;
  • not afraid of frost;
  • sprinkled minimally;
  • slightly damaged by pests;
  • partial autonomy.


  • in the early years, fruiting is weak.


Rating: 4.7


The fourth place in the rating is given to the Kamchadalka Bakchar honeysuckle. Shrubs reach a meter and a half in height. The top of them has reverse conical form. The stems of this variety are short, light green with a slight purple tint. Leaves are oblong, medium sized, dull. The bush as a whole looks compact.

Each Kamchadalka fruit weighs 1.3 g and reaches almost 3 cm. In shape they are elongated, oval, have a pointed tip and smooth surface. Their color is blue-blue with pronounced wax coating. The pulp is fibrous, covered with a dense, but thin peel. The fruit has a pronounced aroma and delicate sweet taste with a slight acidity.

Kamchadalka lovers in the reviews note that this variety is excellent withstands winters and is resistant to prolonged drought. Diseases and this honeysuckle is rarely affected by pests. This variety ended up in ranking, because its berries are large, and do not crumble in ripe condition. Kamchadalka is also used in breeding work.


  • large fruits with good flavoring characteristics;
  • high productivity;
  • experiencing winter without problems;
  • ripe harvest practically does not fall.


  • the berries problematically lag behind the stalks.


Rating: 4.6


Gerda’s Kamchatka honeysuckle ranks fifth in the ranking. Bush she has a sprawling, stunted (does not exceed 1.5 m). Crohn slightly rounded. The leaves are elongated and pointed, their color is green and bright. Young shoots stand straight. Outwardly, they are slightly matte.

The berries are medium in size (up to 0.7 g), oval, with a slightly elongated tip. Their color is blue, closer to black. When fruits ripen, then a bluish coating appears on them. Gerd’s Honeysuckle fragrant, sweet with a slight acidity. Her pulp is very tender. Berries after ripening do not sprinkle for a long time.


  • pleasant taste characteristics;
  • resistant to adverse conditions;
  • berries are not crumbled very much;
  • high productivity.


  • the berries are quite small.

Attention! This rating is subjective, is not advertising and does not serve as a guide to the purchase. Before the purchase consultation with a specialist is necessary.

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