How to Prune Honeysuckle Shrubs


Honeysuckle can be an ideal addition for any landscape or garden for it's fragrant blossoms, easy flourishing growth and ability to provide privacy or coverage. Pruning it can be difficult because of the rapid growth and height, but if you keep it under control, it shouldn't be a problem. It is important to prune it to maintain its growth and shape. There are some key tips to keep in mind when pruning honeysuckle shrubs in order to be successful.

Step 1

Make plans to prune the honeysuckle vine during the dormant season (winter), even though pruning may be attempted at any time after blooming has occurred. Only prune well-established honeysuckle vines.

Step 2

Use a ladder if necessary to reach any honeysuckle growth that is out of reach. First prune back any broken, dead or diseased stems from the plant. Also remove any stems that are tangled or those growing away from the support system.

Step 3

Remove a large amount of the honeysuckle's upper branches. This will probably take the most time as they will be intertwined and spread out. Cut about the entire top half of the plant off, so there is about 1 to 2 feet of the honeysuckle left from the base. Cut back to a lateral shoot or bud that is within the 1 to 2 feet from the ground. For the growth you do leave, make sure it is older growth so you have more flowering the following season.

Step 4

Water the honeysuckle generously. Layer 1 inch of mulch around the base to deter weeds. This will also conserve water, as the plant needs more hydration after being pruned.

Things You'll Need

  • Gardening gloves
  • Pruning shears
  • Pruning scissors
  • Ladder
  • Water
  • Mulch


  • Pruning Shrubs
  • Pruning Honeysuckle
  • Growing Honeysuckle
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