Answer: What you describe is a normal, natural process for your honeysuckle. As the leaves age, they are dropped by the plant, in favor of producing healthy new leaves and flowers on new growth. After a few years Lonicera becomes leggy in appearance. The best way to change this is to prune it back hard each spring, just as new growth begins. Pruning encourages the development of new shoots. Cut some of the oldest stems down to ground level; others only part way down. This will provide plenty of space for new stems to develop. You'll find new shoots coming from the roots and new stems being produced on the remaining stems. Enjoy your honeysuckle!
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