Answer: If you have the wild growing Japanese honeysuckle it is probably a good idea to get rid of it since it will continue to cause you grief with its rampant, smothering growth. Alternatively, simply cut it back very hard to the ground periodically to maintain it at a reasonable size. In some areas this is in fact considered a pernicious weed and is classed as an invasive exotic plant, so you needn't feel guilty if you decide to remove it. You could eventually replace it for example with some better behaved and attractive vines such as the much smaller native honeysuckles with pinkish or reddish flowers which are attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds.
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