How to Cut Back Honeysuckle


Honeysuckle vines and shrubs can be a blessing, with their fragrant blossoms and flourishing growth habit. They can also be a curse, growing out of control easily and becoming difficult to remove from the ground. To keep them in check, prune your honeysuckle plants in the winter.

Step 1

Cut back the top of the plant with pruning shears until about 2 feet of growth remains at the base. Use a ladder if necessary to reach taller parts of the plant.

Step 2

Spread 2 or 3 inches of mulch around the base of the plant to prevent weed growth and to conserve water. The plant will need extra hydration after being cut back.

Step 3

Collect all of the pruned sections and discard them. They aren't suitable for compost piles.

Things You'll Need

  • Gardening gloves
  • Pruning shears
  • Pruning scissors
  • Ladder
  • Mulch
  • Trash bin


  • Pruning Flowering Shrubs and Vines
  • Trimming Back Honeysuckle
  • Caring for Honeysuckle
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Lauren Wise is a journalism major from Arizona State University with over forty published magazine and media articles and over 400 Web site articles. Wise owns Midnight Publishing with over eight years experience as a writer, editor, copywriter and columnist. She specializes in food and wine, music and pop culture. Her writing has appeared in magazines including Runway, A2Z, Scottsdale Luxury Living and True West.