Self Pollinating Honeyberries

To my knowledge there are no cultivars of honeyberry/haskap known to be self fertile.

This spring I bought a new (to me) cultivar of honeyberry called “Blue Pagoda” (‘Chitose #11’) and being a young plant it only produced one cluster of flowers. While this was not much to attract the attention of pollinators as it is, I also had this new specimen probably at least a hundred feet away from the next closest honeyberries which were already towards the end of their bloom cycle before the new one bloomed. Even so it appears that every flower within the single cluster set a berry. This seems like too effective of a pollination for it to be purely the result of cross pollination and makes me wonder if this clone (and perhaps others) may have some degree of self fertility.

Has anyone here had any similar observations of honeyberry cultivars which appear to possibly have some degree of self fertility?

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Aurora is partially self fertile and we have native honeyberries here in the north. look up Mountain fly honeysuckle. i was told that they could pollinate if flowering times overlap. they are small inconspicuous plants so you likely never noticed them.

Do you mean Lonicera villosa? Their range does not include my state.

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I had a similar surprise this year with Tana. I didn’t expect any fruit set since it was so far away from my other bushes. I’m not sure about the ration of flowers to fruit.

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I think sometimes when people are selecting new cultivars for high productivity of any species that is typically self infertile, they inadvertently start selecting for genetic variations that allow for some degree of self fertility.

It is not that uncommon. Even if you manage to come up with a variety slighty likely to produce sterile fruit you still would want cross pollination so you could get a decent crop.

Heck having multiple varieties will increase your crop over having just one to cross pollinate. More is just better.

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I’m not saying for sure, but my Beast appears to have set a few fruit this year. That said, I did have some Aurora on the other side of the house but I didn’t notice any flowers overlapping. The Aurora were plugs in a box and flowered much earlier than Beast.

Curiously, I took a look at Beast today and it actually has a few more flowers again that I noticed. I don’t know how normal it is for them to have a second round of flowers but it has been a while since I saw any on that bush. If anyone has similar observations, feel free to pm me as I don’t want to derail this thread.

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my indigos are almost ready to pick yet beauty and beast are just coloring up. aurora/ honeybee are about a week out.

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