They have many named varieties there.
They are not amazingly productive. I like mine.
Lonicera kamchatka is the latin name. Some come from Japan and some from Siberia. The ones from Japan are called Haskap. It is also a marketing term.
Sharing experiences is invaluable, but ultimately, local factors trump. I like to experiment to find out what works for me, and that's the strategy I recommend. Fruit varieties can vary drastically in flavor and texture from place to place--even very short distances. Attending an apple tasting, where multiple people bring samples, can be most enlightening. I've had two examples grown within several miles of one another that would have been difficult to recognize as the same cultivar their differences in both taste and appearance were so marked (and one was far superior to the other). Most people don't grow fruit up here because "everybody knows" the trees can't survive in this climate. Well, most can't, but there are some that will, and even in a bad year we get some apples or cherries or plums. And I have a yard full of thousands of earthworms that "everybody knows" can't survive here too.
So give the haskaps a shot.
The most productive cultivars at this time are the pure Russian cultivars, expect 7 kilograms of berries per plant. The cultivars released from the University of Saskatchewan are hybrids, but less productive, 4 kilograms of berries per plant.
In order to take softwood cuttings, you would require a license from the University of Saskatchewan.
2 genetically different cultivars that flower at the same time are required for the best fruit set.
Hope this helps,
When I asked Bob Bors who heads up the USask edible blue honeysuckle breeding programme if I needed a licence if I was going take cuttings for myself and friends, he said that no license was needed. As long as I wasn't selling them and I wasn't doing it on any commercial scale, I was OK. Unless that has changed, taking cuttings for personal use isn't a problem.
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This is what I remember saying or at least was trying to convey to him: A person wanting to propagate a few haskap for self and friends would not be given a licence nor would we want to receive a royalty from that person because that would insinuate that that was acceptable. We have only granted licences to bona-fide companies and occasionally to local farmers who have participated in our program as volunteers. I also said that the University can’t afford to sue a gardener or make a big fuss over a gardener who is doing limited propagation and not selling plants. It is not an activity we want to condone or promote.
Being told you won't likely be caught is very different from being given the go ahead to do it. Gardeners often break such rules but that doesn’t mean it is ethical. It is a mixed bag, on one hand it is considerate that Mr. B. offered to pay royalties, but on the other hand by posting such a thing he is in effect taking away even more royalties. I do wonder if Mr. B. really appreciates our plant breeding activities? If he does he won’t post things like this in the future.