How to Prune Halls Honeysuckle

Overview

Halls honeysuckle is a fast growing twining vine, which is hardy in zones 4 to 9. Depending upon your location and the degree of cold, it can be evergreen, semi-evergreen, or deciduous. This lovely vine blooms in spring, and has blossoms that are yellow and white. They are also very fragrant. It can be grown as a ground cover, or on a trellis, fence, or arbor. Halls honeysuckle is also a favorite of hummingbirds. The vine will only require light pruning to develop its shape when first planted. This should be done after it has completed blossoming. Continue yearly light pruning until the plant is established (within two years). You may also prune to rejuvenate the vine.

Step 1

Cut off any broken or damaged part of the vine. This can be done at any time during the season.

Step 2

Prune away any gangly or errant branches after the honeysuckle has finished blooming. Deposit the plant material in your compost bin.

Step 3

View the shape of the vine occasionally throughout the growing season and continue to prune lightly to maintain its shape. Deposit the plant material in your compost bin.

Step 4

Severely prune the honeysuckle vine to rejuvenate it or if it has gotten out of control, by cutting it back to six or eight inches above the ground. Do this in the fall or early spring.

Tips and Warnings

  • Some people view this as an invasive plant--birds eat the berries and spread the plant/seeds to other areas.

Things You'll Need

  • Hand pruning shears
  • Lopping shears
  • Pole pruner

References

  • Nurseryman Stan
  • The Garden Helper
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