The Q&A Archives: Pruning Purple Leaf Japanese Honeysuckle

Question: How much, and when (if at all) should Purple Leaf Japanese Honeysuckle be pruned?

Answer: Honeysuckle responds well to pruning; you can pinch out the tips during the entire growing season to control growth, or you can wait until after it has finished blooming and cut it back drastically. If your honeysuckle tends to bloom all season long, cut it back in early spring and you'll be able to enjoy the blooms all summer long. I prune mine in April by cutting it down to within a few feet of the ground. It responds by sending out lots of new flowering stems which I enjoy all season long. If your plant is young, you may want to remove only the dead or non-productive stems, then pinch the tips out of the new shoots that develop to encourage even more side shoots. However and whenever you prune your honeysuckle, it will respond by producing lots of new flowering shoots and stems.

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