The Q&A Archives: Pruning

Question: I planted a Hall's Japanese Honeysuckle for my light post. How aggressively should it be pruned back for winter. It is going to bloom again and I don't know when or how much to prune it back

Answer: Lonicera japonica `Halliana` is an aggressive grower to between 15 and 30 feet. It is semi evergreen so you may want to leave most of it there for the winter, waiting until late winter or early spring to trim it back very hard. Then trim it after each bloom flush -- or as needed -- during the summer. To prevent it being seeded about by birds you may also want to trim it in late fall after frost to remove some of the berries (seeds).

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