Can I Grow Honeyberries in California?

“How can I grow honeyberries in zone 10?” Question from Nestor of Anaheim, California

Answer: Sadly, you cannot. Honeyberry (Lonicera caerulea) is a temperate shrub that survives in USDA Hardiness Zones 3-7. This means that it requires winter cold to complete its life cycle each year and survive. For this reason, you are unable to grow honeyberries where you live, but you can grow so many other wonderful fruits where you live, like figs, apricots, grapes, citrus, and even pomegranates. Here are a few articles that you may consider reading on fruits for your zone:

Growing Figs in the Garden

Seven Mediterranean Food Plants for the Dry Edible Garden

The Best Pomegranates for Home and Garden

Happy Gardening!

Jessie Keith

Black Gold Horticulturist


Plants are the lens Jessie views the world through because they’re all-sustaining. (“They feed, clothe, house and heal us. They produce the air we breathe and even make us smell pretty.”) She’s a garden writer and photographer with degrees in both horticulture and plant biology from Purdue and Michigan State Universities. Her degrees were bolstered by internships at Longwood Gardens and the American Horticultural Society. She has since worked for many horticultural institutions and companies and now manages communications for Sun Gro Horticulture, the parent company of Black Gold. Her joy is sharing all things green and lovely with her two daughters.

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