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Research Project: Management of Temperate-Adapted Fruit, Nut, and Specialty Crop Genetic Resources and Associated Information

Location: National Clonal Germplasm Repository

Title: Register of new fruit and nut cultivars list 49: blue honeysuckle

Author
item Hummer, Kim

Submitted to: HortScience
Publication Type: Review Article
Publication Acceptance Date: 6/26/2018
Publication Date: 6/26/2018
Citation: Hummer, K.E. 2018. Register of new fruit and nut cultivars list 49: blue honeysuckle. HortScience. 53(6):748. https://doi:10.21273/HORTSCI536register-18.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.21273/HORTSCI536register-18

Interpretive Summary: Annually, significant fruit and nut cultivars are summarized in precise statements to inform horticulturists and industry personnel.This manuscript provides a summary of nine recently released blue honeysuckle cultivars that are now available in the nursery trade. Crop wild relatives of blue honeysuckle are distributed throughout the northern temperate regions. Plants have been selected from the wild and elite types have been crossed through traditional methods to develop these cultivars. The blue honeysuckle is a very early ripening fruit that has the appearance of a long skinny blueberry with a tart-sweet flavor. The plant is a shrub and could be harvested using mechanical harvestors similar to those used for blueberries. This shrub could diversify berry growers production.

Technical Abstract: Annually, significant fruit and nut cultivars are summarized in precise statements to inform horticulturists and industry personnel.This manuscript provides a summary of nine recently released Lonicera cerulea L., blue honeysuckle, cultivars that are now available in the nursery trade. Crop wild relatives of blue honeysuckle are distributed throughout the northern temperate regions. Plants have been selected from the wild and elite types have been crossed through traditional methods to develop these cultivars.