How to Trim Honeysuckle


Honeysuckles are known for their wild growth as much as their fragrance and flowers. Lonicera, honeysuckle's Latin name, is easy to grow in a variety of conditions and is hard to ruin. Honeysuckles are good for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds to the yard because of their blooming flowers. Growing honeysuckles can be tricky business even when done along a trellis or fence due to their ability to grow quickly. Trimming the plant can keep it under control.

Step 1

Remove any old or dead vines from your honeysuckle. Cut dead vines down to the ground.

Step 2

Cut back any new shoots that are growing far away from the honeysuckle. This keeps the plant from climbing too far away from your desired area. Cut the plant back to a manageable height. Honeysuckle plants can be cut back hard without killing them, so be brave.

Step 3

Remove portions to create the shape in the honeysuckle you desire. If you are growing the honeysuckle along a trellis or fence, remove vines until the bush is rather thin. Do this in the winter while the plant is dormant. Water the plant regularly when it begins to flower. Removing several vines can cause the plant to grow without flowering. Watering regularly helps the plant recover from extensive trimming.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden clippers
  • Watering can


  • Honey Suckle Pruning Video Project
  • What and When to Prune
Keywords: trim Lonicera, honeysuckle shrub, garden care

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