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How to Trim Dropmore Scarlet Honeysuckle

By Paula Ezop ; Updated September 21, 2017

Dropmore scarlet honeysuckle is a fast-growing, twining vine with beautiful red flowers (not high in fragrance). It is hardy in zones 4 to 9. This beautiful plant blooms in late spring to early summer. It can be used as a ground cover or trained to grow on a trellis, fence or arbor. Hummingbirds are attracted to the scarlet blossoms. As with most honeysuckle vines, it will require light pruning to develop its shape when first planted, and you should do this after it has completed blossoming. Continue yearly light pruning until the plant is established (within two years), then you can prune more severely to promote new growth.

Cut away any broken or damaged part of the vine. You can do this at any time during the season.

View the shape of the vine throughout the growing season and prune lightly to maintain its shape and space in your garden. This will also control its growth on your arbor, trellis or fence. Deposit the plant material in your compost bin.

Prune the honeysuckle vine severely to rejuvenate and to promote additional growth in the spring, by cutting some select vines down to the ground. Do this in the fall or early spring.


Things You Will Need

  • Hand pruning shears
  • Lopping shears
  • Pole pruner


  • 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. Hand pruning shears will be required for young vines. As the vine matures, and the branches become thicker, you will need to use lopping shears. If you have the vine growing on a tall arbor or trellis, you may need to use the pole pruner.
  • This vine is very easy to grow and to maintain.


  • When planting the honeysuckle vine, put your trellis or arbor in place first (before planting) to avoid damaging the plant.

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.