How to Prune Honeysuckles


Honeysuckles are a variety of shrub or intertwining vine. They are a sweet-smelling plant and are very attractive in the garden and are fast growers, often reaching 20 to 30 feet, depending on the variety. All varieties can be grown up a high trellis or can be left to grow as a shrub. Honeysuckles are easy to grow in a moist environment. Due to their fast growth, they often need to be pruned to a manageable size.

Step 1

Prune your plants during the dormant season or in late spring. Different varieties should be pruned at different times. Ask at your local garden center for the best time of year for your honeysuckle breed.

Step 2

Remove a large portion of the upper branches if your honeysuckle is overgrown. Cut it down to 3 or 4 feet. Use sharp cutting shears, as the vines will be intertwined. Once a large portion has been cut, the honeysuckle will grow back quickly but may not flower. Leave some of the old growth from last season to ensure it flowers.

Step 3

Cut all the new side shoots that are growing far out from the bush. Shape the plant so that it is aesthetically appealing. Stand back from the shrub as you prune to get an idea of the shape you're creating.

Step 4

Water the plant to help it flower. It will be exhausted trying to replace the vines you have cut away. Add mulch to the bottom of the plant to retain moisture.

Things You'll Need

  • Hand clippers
  • Watering can
  • Mulch


  • BBC Honeysuckle Page
  • Pruning Honeysuckle Vine
  • Honeysuckle Pruning Video Project
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