In 2009, Bob Bors wrote:
‘Berry Blue’ (not from our program) which has often been sold as a pollinator has the advantage of growing fast and producing many flowers. Sadly the fruit size of Berry Blue is just as discouraging as its flavour (figure 1). We had done pollination studies several years ago showing that ‘Berry Blue’ would pollinate our varieties.
In 2011, Bob Bors wrote:
‘Honey Bee’ was selected to be a pollinator for ‘Borealis’, ‘Tundra’ and the ‘Indigo’ series. (I’ll call them ‘BTI’) It blooms at the same time and has given good fruit set when used in controlled crosses with them. It is very fast growing, productive and starts fruiting at an early age. Its fruits are cylindrical and look more like its Russian parent (see figure 1); perhaps like the shape of a bee’s body. Unlike most Russian varieties used for pollination, ‘Honey Bee’ holds onto its fruit firmly and stays on the bush longer than most other varieties. Most Russian blue honeysuckles varieties drop their fruit as soon as ripe in late June or early July, but not ‘Honey Bee’.