Honey Bee

Blue Honeysuckle

Denomination: 'Honey Bee'
Botanical Name: Lonicera caerulea
Applicant/Holder: University of Saskatchewan
Crop Development Centre
4D36 Agriculture Building, 51 Campus Drive
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
S7N 5A8
Breeder: Robert H. Bors, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Application Date: 2011-04-25
Application Number: 11-7265

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Tundra'

Summary: The plants of 'Honey Bee' have strong vigour with an upright growth habit whereas the plants of 'Tundra' have weak vigour with a spreading growth habit. The fruit on 'Honey Bee' begins ripening mid to late season whereas the fruit on 'Tundra' begins ripening early to mid season. 'Honey Bee' has longer fruit with a rough surface whereas the fruit of 'Tundra' is shorter with a smooth surface.


PLANT: strong vigour, upright growth habit, weak branching, early to mid-season bud burst
ONE-YEAR OLD SHOOT: no lenticels, sparse pubescence, yellow brown bark, medium development of adventitious buds
SHOOT TIP: absent or sparse to medium density of pubescence, absent or weak glossiness of bark, absent or very weak intensity of anthocyanin colouration

LEAF: moderately elongated, rounded apex, absent or very sparse to sparse pubescence on lower side, light to medium green on upper side
STEM-CLASPING LEAF: medium size, glabrous

FLOWER: flowering begins early to mid-season, medium density of pubescence on corolla tube, horizontal attitude, style shorter than anther
SEPAL: short

FRUIT: ripening begins mid to late season, broad elliptic to circular in cross section, ovate in lateral view, tip present, rounded to truncate shape of calyx end, small size of eye opening, rough surface, tufts of hairs at apex
FRUIT SKIN: medium bloom, dark intensity of blue

Origin & Breeding History: 'Honey Bee' originated from a controlled cross made in 2006 at the Univeristy of Saskatchewan. The cross was made between the variety 'F-1-9-58' and 'Sunenir'. 'Honey Bee' was selected as a pollinator based on resulting progeny having good yield, taste, vigour, and bearing fruit at a young age.

Tests & Trials: The comparative trial for 'Honey Bee' was conducted during the 2016 growing season at the University of Saskatchewan Horticulture Plots in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The trial consisted of 5 plants per variety grown in a single row with 0.6 metres spacing between plants. The distance between rows within the trial was 3 metres. Observations and measurements were taken from 5 plants, or parts of 5 plants, of each variety. Mean differences were significant at the 5% probability level based on a paired Student's t-test.

Comparison table for 'Honey Bee' with reference variety 'Tundra'

Fruit Length (cm)

  'Honey Bee' 'Tundra'
mean 2.3 1.9
std. deviation 0.24 0.17

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Honey Bee
Blue Honeysuckle: 'Honey Bee'

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Honey Bee
Blue Honeysuckle: Reference variety 'Tundra'

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