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How to Prune Halls Honeysuckle

By Paula Ezop ; Updated September 21, 2017

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.

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

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

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.

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.

 

Things You Will Need

  • Hand pruning shears
  • Lopping shears
  • Pole pruner

Tips

  • The tools that you use will depend upon the size and location of the branch or part of the vine that you need to prune. Young vines will only require the use of hand pruning shears. It is when the vine matures that some of the branches become thicker and you will need to use lopping shears. Also, if you have the vine growing on an arbor you might need to use the pole pruner.
  • Honeysuckle is very easy to grow and to maintain.
  • When putting in a new honeysuckle vine be sure to put your trellis or arbor in first (before planting) to avoid damaging the plant.

Warning

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

About the Author

 

Paula M. Ezop’s inspirational column "Following the Spiritual Soul" appeared in "Oconee Today," a Scripps Howard publication. She has published her first book, "SPIRITUALITY for Mommies," and her children's chapter book, "The Adventures of Penelope Star," will be published by Wiggles Press. Ezop has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northeastern Illinois University and has been writing for 10 years.